The indigenous rights framework and climate change

Authored by: Ben Powless

Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Climate Governance

Print publication date:  February  2018
Online publication date:  February  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138232457
eBook ISBN: 9781315312576
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315312576-14

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Abstract

Indigenous Peoples worldwide find themselves in the unenviable position of being amongst the most vulnerable to climate change, and amongst the groups least powerful to thwart it. Many are already being impacted, particularly in northern and coastal regions, and the impacts will only be exacerbated as more changes to the global climate accumulate. While not even present at the inception of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Indigenous Peoples have rapidly emerged as one of the most engaged non-state actors. Apart from solely engaging with the UN system, Indigenous Peoples have also offered devastating critiques of the dominant social, economic, and development models held responsible for this crisis.

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