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Climate change hurts human rights as well as the planet

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Residents wade through floodwaters carrying their belongings after flooding in Suyapa, Honduras

Residents wade through floodwaters carrying their belongings after flooding in Suyapa, Honduras

Residents wade through floodwaters carrying their belongings after flooding in Suyapa, Honduras

It is true that climate change is inextricably interwoven into myriad issues from terrorism to financial downturns, cross-boundary pandemics and the refugee crisis.

One valid point is missing in the equation that is the human rights dimension.

The dehumanisation, demoralisation and demonisation of human beings, refugees and the loss of biodiversity is unacceptable.

Many families endure the ravages of Covid in loss of income and human life.

We must turn this colossal adversity into an opportunity to save human life and dignity and, in the words of David Attenborough, “cherish the natural world because we are part of it and we all depend on it”.

Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob

London, England


Let he who is without sin cast the first stone in the Senate

ALISON Hackett believes the 44 US Republican senators who dispute the constitutionality of Donald Trump’s impeachment cannot be impartial in the trial, which makes them impeachable themselves (‘Senators in Trump trial are supposed to be impartial’, Letters, February 11).

Does Ms Hackett apply a similar standard to Democrats such as US vice-president Kamala Harris or Senators Chuck Schumer and Patrick Leahy, who all have prominent roles in the trial but who have been quite partial in calling for Trump’s impeachment since his very first day?

Killian Foley-Walsh

Kilkenny city


US electorate should deliver the final verdict on Trump

Alas, Alison Hackett is going to be disappointed if she expects certain senators to recuse themselves in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

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Ted Cruz and the majority of his fellow Republican senators have no intention of convicting Donald Trump.

The impeachment trial is a waste of time as Trump is already out of office and the result is a foregone conclusion.

It is far better to allow the former US president – assuming he’s still with us in four years’ time – to run again in 2024 and allow the US electorate to cast their vote on whether they believe he’s fit to govern.

Defeat or victory at that point should be the final verdict on the matter, not a partisan, biased Senate.

Dominic Shelmerdine

London, England

Duncan Smith’s speech hit the nail right on the head

How refreshing to see a politician (Duncan Smith of the Labour Party) speaking from the heart with passionate conviction rather than from the well-worn script in the Dáil on Wednesday when he called out the Healy-Raes from Co Kerry for the caricatures that they are.

Mr Smith has proved that as a politician you don’t have to put on a flat cap, or a pink T-shirt for that matter, to resonate with the people.

Wonderful contribution, Mr Smith.

Sheelagh Mooney

Moyrath, Co Longford


Reverting to type will not get your letter read out on RTÉ

Regarding Karl Martin’s letter (‘Indo readers’ letters falling on deaf ears at RTÉ show’, Letters, February 11), I have to say I believe the Irish Independent editor has no need to employ garish typefaces to get letters noticed and read out on RTÉ Radio’s Morning Ireland.

The ‘It says in the papers’ segment on the programme has frequently read out my letters.

Eve Parnell

Dublin 8

Papal infallibility got our broadcaster all fired up

WITH regards to Karl Martin’s letter that makes the point that only Irish Times letter writers have their contributions featured on ‘It says in the papers’, in fairness I must set the record straight.

Some five years ago, I had an Independent letter that made the cut.

I had asked in my letter if the Pope being infallible meant that he could not go on fire.

Tom Gilsenan

Dublin 9


We need more than numbers to paint the complete picture

Mark Twain it was who said: ‘There are lies, damn lies and statistics.”

So far we are told that 152,654 people have received the first dose of the vaccine and 86,833 the second. So 239,487 doses have been given.

Would it not be more honest to say 86,833 have been fully vaccinated and a further 65,821 have received their first jab.

And, when are we going to be told, in the daily – or weekly – figures how many of the deaths have been people with ‘underlying conditions’?

Cal Hyland

West Co Cork

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