International Legal Action on Climate Change


05 June 2009


On December 7, 2005, Silla Watt-Cloutier and sixty-two Inuit hunters and elders from communities across Canada and Alaska filed a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Based on the findings of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment*, the petition alleges that the unchecked emissions of greenhouse gases from the United States violate Inuit cultural and environmental human rights as guaranteed by the 1948 American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man. 

Although the IACHR decided against hearing her petition, the Commission invited Ms. Watt-Cloutier to testify with her international legal team (including lawyers from Earthjustice and the Center for International Environmental Law) at their first hearing on climate change and human rights on March 1, 2007.

This channel features the unedited interviews from the petition.

*The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment projects that Inuit hunting culture may not survive the loss of sea ice and other changes projected over the coming decades.

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