Is pollution violating our basic human rights? | Naia Ormaza Zulueta | TEDxCU – Video

Is pollution violating our basic human rights? | Naia Ormaza Zulueta | TEDxCU – Video

In the TEDx talk titled “Does pollution infringe on our human rights?” by Naia Ormaza Zulueta, the speaker delves into the intersection of environmental pollution and human rights, shedding light on the alarming impact of pollution on our daily lives. Zulueta highlights the staggering statistics of pollution-related deaths, emphasizing the need for systemic changes to address the environmental crisis we face. Drawing on the history of human rights movements, Zulueta argues that recognizing and upholding our right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment can be a powerful tool for societal transformation.

Through a quantitative analysis conducted at CU Boulder, Zulueta demonstrates how environmental rights are being systematically violated globally. By exploring the interconnectedness of environmental and human rights issues, the talk underscores the urgent need for collective action in tackling environmental challenges. Zulueta calls for a shift towards collaborative efforts in advocating for environmental justice, drawing inspiration from historical examples of successful collective action.

By invoking the symbolism of Botticelli’s “Primavera” and the Three Graces, Zulueta emphasizes the importance of unity and collaboration in confronting environmental crises. The talk serves as a call to arms, urging individuals to harness the power of collective action to effect meaningful change and protect our environmental rights.

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Every year, environmental pollution claims more lives than the entire population of Colorado. This TEDx talk dives into a groundbreaking analysis from CU Boulder, revealing a global crisis of potential environmental rights violations. Packed with compelling data, vivid visualizations and urgent calls to action, it’s a wake-up call for collective action. Naia Ormaza Zulueta is a PhD student at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her work mainly analyzes environmental human rights and how these are intertwined with climate change. She is a current postgraduate “la Caixa” fellow, has collaborated with the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights and holds a double B.Sc. in Physics and Electronic Engineering and an M.Res. in Methods and Models of Quantitative Economics. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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