The IPAHP Human Rights Program
The Environmental Responsibility & Climate Change Project
About the Environmental Responsibility & Climate Change Project
According to the UN Millennium Development Goals, environmental sustainability has become a priority in guarantying a safe future for following generations. Climate change is significantly affecting many aspects of modern live and increasing poverty conditions in developing countries. Therefore, immediate solutions for a sustainable planet are necessary in working towards global stability.
When considering environmental issues, long-term national interests should converge towards the common goal of creating a sustainable society and unanimously agreed-upon action must be taken. To date, environmental summits such as the Rio +20 and the Doha Climate Change Conference have revealed how urgent it is to achieve collective action between international political actors in order to take on these challenges.
Successful initiatives at a national level often involve the participation of civil society institutions, such as environmental NGOs, lobbies, and legal firms. These groups are capable of shaping cultural habits and public opinion in favor of a more sustainable approach towards a wide range of issues leading to concrete political and legal outcomes.
The IPAHP recognizes the vital role that civil society plays in the realm of environmental policy-making, and calls for increased cooperation of these groups at an international level. Furthermore, we believe an interdisciplinary and holistic approach on this issue is necessary as sustainable development entails different areas of actions, particularly environment, economy, and social affairs.
The IPAHP has therefore initiated the Environmental Responsibility & Climate Change Project in order to draw attention, explore, discuss, and promote issues concerning environmental responsibility and climate change challenges with the aim to develop proposed solutions. The Project will also focus on the importance of building and supporting dialogue between science and civil society in order to raise awareness and provide viable solutions through domestic and international policy considerations.
The project aims are:
- To increase awareness on environmental issues such as global warming, deforestation, water scarcity, and the need for alternative renewable energies
- To change cultural habits towards a more sustainable life style through education programs and campaigns
- To advocate for a decisive international governmental regulation on climate change
- To build a cooperation network between civil society organizations and environmental and scientific institutions in order to provide support and expertise for any action at the international level