24  Individual and community empowerment for human security

Susanne C. Moser

Introduction

Human security in the face of global environmental change can be considered

a state that is achieved when and where individuals and communities have the options necessary to end, mitigate or adapt to threats to their human, environmental and social rights; have the capacity and freedom to exercise these options; and actively participate in pursuing them.

(O’Brien et al., 2008: 6)

This notion involves building on people’s strengths, aspirations, capacities and capabilities to respond to threats to human, environmental and social rights by creating the political, social, environmental, economic, military and cultural systems that together give people the ...

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