“Empowering Communities”: Harnessing Energy for Human Rights and Social Justice

  • Vidhyth Narain Selvam
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  • Vidhyth Narain Selvam

    Student at Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur, India

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The convergence of energy, human rights, and social justice introduces an intricate and varied terrain that necessitates scrutiny and intervention. Energy assumes a critical function in energizing communities and propelling economic progress, however, its allocation and availability are intricately linked to matters of human rights and social justice. Access to energy is a fundamental requirement for human beings, as it is crucial for the attainment of basic entitlements such as clean water, healthcare, education, and a satisfactory standard of living. The absence of reliable and cost-effective energy sources has a disproportionate impact on vulnerable communities, thereby exacerbating prevailing social disparities. This state of energy poverty perpetuates a detrimental cycle, impeding socioeconomic advancement and obstructing the full realization of human rights. Moreover, the generation, dissemination, and utilization of energy possess significant environmental consequences, subsequently impacting the entitlements of individuals and the principles of fairness and equality within society. Energy practices that are not sustainable can result in the deterioration of the natural environment, alterations in climatic conditions, dislocation of communities, and the deprivation of livelihoods. These adverse effects predominantly afflict the most vulnerable populations, thereby intensifying social disparities and perpetuating systemic injustices. Nevertheless, the convergence of energy, human rights, and social justice offers prospects for favourable transformation. The adoption of sustainable and uncontaminated energy resources can effectively tackle ecological apprehensions, concurrently fostering human rights and social justice. By prioritizing decentralized energy networks, communal ownership, and comprehensive decision-making procedures, a fairer energy framework can be established. To realize this vision, it is imperative to acknowledge the interdependence of energy, human rights, and social justice. It is crucial that policies and initiatives are crafted with a comprehensive mindset, taking into account the requirements and ambitions of disadvantaged communities. The collaboration among governmental bodies, civil society organizations, and the private sector is vital in establishing enduring energy solutions that uphold human rights and advance social justice. In summary, the convergence of energy, human rights, and social justice represents a pressing global predicament. It is crucial to tackle the issue of energy poverty, foster the transition to clean energy, and ensure fair access to energy resources in order to accomplish a more equitable and sustainable world. Through acknowledging the interconnectedness of these matters and engaging in collective efforts, we can lay the groundwork for a future in which energy acts as a catalyst for the fulfilment of human rights and the promotion of social equity.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 1, Page 353 - 368

DOI: https://doij.org/10.10000/IJLMH.116705

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