A Healthy Environment as a Human Right

A Healthy Environment as a Human Right

The human right to a healthy environment has been recognized in a number of regional human rights treaties, including in Africa and Latin America. But if you had a human right to a healthy environment, it would be a much more logical review process. If the courts haven’t been particularly friendly to your claim, maybe you’d like to raise it with your own country’s national human rights institution, or with a regional human rights tribunal or global human rights body. Is there any reason not to acknowledge the right to a healthy environment as a human right? We can’t really have a healthy environment unless the environment is healthy for everything else that lives here as well.

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