Why is climate change a human rights issue?

When I was a kind there was no river in Austria that you dared to put your toes in as they were pure poison. We had sour rain, all kinds of poisons in the soil and the air was hard to breathe because of all those coal stoves and diesel engines. All this has disappeared. Even the most polluted rivers have fish again and are reestablished. The air is cleaner than I ever experienced, and we currently regulate substances in the soil that went unseen decades ago. The world I live in today is incomparably cleaner than the world I was born in. The kids of today enjoy an environment thats remarkably pristine. And their rights get violated? Because of a fantasy that even lots of Nobel Prize winners disagree with? Come on.

Millions of people are already suffering from the catastrophic effects of extreme disasters exacerbated by climate change – from prolonged drought in sub-Saharan Africa to devastating tropical storms sweeping across Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

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