Wednesday, December 15, 2004

The right to be cold?

The New York Times reports:
The Eskimos, or Inuit, about 155,000 seal-hunting peoples scattered around the Arctic, plan to seek a ruling from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that the United States, by contributing substantially to global warming, is threatening their existence....They are casting the issue as no longer simply an environmental problem but as an assault on their basic human rights.
The piece does not specify which "basic human rights" are believed to be under threat. In my view it makes sense to be concerned about the effects of global warming on humans, including Inuit humans, but framing this as a "human rights" issue seems odd (but not surprising).


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