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While the world is still dealing with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said not to leave out the issues of existing climate change.

“Climate change is one of the largest threats to sustainable development globally and is just one of many imbalances caused by unsustainable and excessive practices of humankind,” said CHR Spokesperson Atty. Jacqueline Ann de Guia, stating that the pandemic only proved how interconnected the world is and showed the “domino effect when one element in this interconnected system is damaged.”

She stressed the need for everyone to work together with compassion and humility to take actions in creating a healthy and sustainable future. Otherwise, the agency warned that a future crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic might take place again.

“We have also witnessed how these phenomena systematically exclude and marginalize populations, especially those living in poverty who are mostly affected and at risk of the consequences,” she said. “Whether man-made or natural, these global emergencies also resulted in grave human rights violations that continue to challenge our social protection and justice systems.”

Whatever approach people chose in adopting to mitigate the harm inflicted on Earth, the CHR advised that the welfare of the people, including the vulnerable, disadvantaged, and marginalized, must be at the core of any government response.

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