I attended a debate at the Frontline club on Thursday where there was a discussion on whether human rights should be at the heart of climate change policy.
It raised an interesting perspective that I had not considered before because human rights have an existing international legal framework. So if climate change impacts a person’s (or often those of a community or indigenous group) there is a path for redress. It may be difficult to follow it, because the people affected are usually poor, spend all their time just struggling to survive and would not know about these legal rights, let alone how to pursue them.
But those affected can be empowered (with the help from groups such as LEAD) and they can be helped by powerful advocates such as Amnesty International.
Human rights is another lens through which to view climate change and one that opens up more possibilities for holding to account those who contribute to it – who, of course, can be not only governments and corporations but ourselves as consumers.
We are delighted to announce a high quality and truly international set of short listed entries for the People’s Choice category at the 2010 AIBs.
The “Best Coverage of Climate Change” award will be decided by online voting between:
• “Going Green – The Climate Summit” from CNN International
• “Low Impact Man” from VRT, Belgium
• “Earth Rescue Operation” from Phoenix Satellite Television in Hong Kong, China
• “Hard Talk on the Road to Greenland” from the BBC
• “Ross Kemp: Battle for the Amazon” from Sky Television
• “21st Century” from the UN
Unicef’s website has an encouraging story about some of the efforts to educate young girls in Afghanistan. The girls often have to fight against those around them who do not think they should be educated but they are prepared to quote the Koran to underline their right to education.
The Bangladeshi organisation BRAC runs some of the schools. Their use of videos as educationa tools underlines the importance that broadcast material can have in teaching. That is why the AIB included the “Best children’s factual programme/series” and why we are supporting the work of our sponsor, 1GOAL
The involvement of radio and TV broadcasters from throughout the world, the range of factual topics covered and the quality of the finalists are highlighted in this video of last year’s international media excellence awards, the 2009 AIBs
There is still time to enter the 2010 AIBs – for full details go to the entries page on the website.