17 March 2022 - NPWJ News Digest on Environmental Justice & Human Rights


Migration and climate change in Asia
Bangkok Post, 17 Mar 2022

The close connection between migration, human rights and climate change is increasingly self-evident, as "natural disasters" related to that linkage loom in many parts of the world. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) estimates that about 22.5 million people migrate each year within and across borders because of climate change and weather-linked disasters. These are all compounded by the spread of Covid-19 in terms of lockdowns and other restrictive measures. 


Gender equality ‘fundamental prerequisite’ for peaceful, sustainable world
UN News, 16 Mar 2022

“The challenges we face today – the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, the growth and spread of conflicts – are largely the result of our male-dominated world and male-dominated culture,” Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement during a side event of the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). He explained that the “perilous state” of world peace cannot be separated from “millennia of patriarchy and the suppression of women’s voices” and cited that as the reason why gender equality and parity are “fundamental prerequisites for a safer, more peaceful, more sustainable world for all.”


USA: Over 100 environmental and human rights organizations join Amnesty International’s call for Biden to pardon Steven Donziger
Amnesty International, 15 Mar 2022

For more than two years, human rights lawyer Steven Donziger – currently serving the remainder of a six month sentence on house arrest – has been arbitrarily detained in apparent retaliation for his work to hold Chevron accountable for its deliberate dumping of more than 16 billion gallons of toxic oil waste into the Amazon rainforest. Despite repeated calls from human rights advocates and governmental authorities for Donziger’s release, the Department of Justice has refused to respond or take any action to remedy this human rights violation. 


Brazil Congress fast-tracks ‘death package’ bill to mine on Indigenous lands
Mongabay, 15 Mar 2022

Thousands of protesters, including celebrities, activists and 150 Indigenous people from eight ethnic groups, gathered for the biggest environment protest ever held in Brazil’s capital against a series of bills dubbed the “death package” by critics. Protesters say the slate of five key bills will cause unbridled environmental damage and violate Indigenous rights by encouraging commercial activities in vulnerable regions and invasions of Indigenous territories.


The impact of Green New Deals on Latin America
Foreign Policy in Focus, 14 Mar 2022

In response to an accelerating climate crisis, activists and policymakers have in recent years urged governments to move away from fossil fuels and at the same time create new clean energy jobs, particularly for workers in the oil, gas, and coal sectors. These proposals fall loosely in the category of “Green New Deals,” which references the government stimulus packages launched by Franklin Delano Roosevelt to rescue the U.S. economy during the Great Depression of the 1930s. While some of these Green New Deals are market-driven reform packages with an emphasis on decarbonization, others propose more significant economic and social transformations. 


6 African women shaping the climate conversation
Greenpeace, 07 Mar 2022

Women in the Global South are disproportionately impacted by the current climate crisis – yet, women are traditionally excluded from decision-making in many cultural contexts across the African continent.  However, there are many women who will not be silenced when it comes to conversations around their futures, and what these women have to say is shaping the way we think about the climate crisis all over the world!