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UN expert attacks ‘exploitative’ world economy in fight to save planet

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🗞️ Driving the news: David Boyd, the outgoing UN special rapporteur on human rights and the environment, criticizes the global economy's dependency on exploiting resources and people, which hinders effective climate action

🔭 The context: Boyd has emphasized the right to a healthy environment, recognized by the UN in 2021-22, as a pivotal human right, yet many powerful economies, including the US, have not legally adopted this
• He asserts that such rights should compel nations to enforce stricter environmental regulations

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Addressing climate change requires dismantling deeply entrenched economic systems that prioritize profit over environmental health
• This shift is essential for achieving sustainable global ecosystems and adhering to human rights

⏭️ What's next: Boyd predicts an increase in legal actions against governments and industries that fail to meet their environmental obligations, particularly those related to fossil fuel subsidies, which are seen as contradictory to climate commitments

💬 One quote: "It's like there's something wrong with our brains that we can't understand just how grave this situation is," (David Boyd, United Nations special rapporteur)

📈 One stat: An estimated 7 million people die prematurely each year due to air pollution, highlighting the severe impact of environmental neglect on public health

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