Story posted October 06, 2010
The Globe and Mail, Canada's largest-circulation national newspaper includes Visiting Tallman Scholar Sheila Watt-Cloutier H'09 on its list of "25 Transformational Canadians” for her efforts to a make climate change a human rights issue.
In the landmark 2005 legal petition she served against the United States, Sheila Watt-Cloutier linked the devastating effects of climate change on the Arctic to the human rights of her fellow Inuit. At the time, such a view wasn’t exactly accepted wisdom. In fact, it sounded downright odd.
"Today, it's mainstream language — everybody talks about [climate change] as a human-rights issue," says Ms. Watt-Cloutier from Maine, where she is spending a year as a teaching scholar at Bowdoin College's Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center. "I think we’ve been successful in changing the discourse on this issue to making that connection."
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