“Pollution on our planet today is pervasive, it’s affecting everyone but it’s affecting some people in a really grossly unfair and disproportionate way.”
But there was cause for optimism. David R. Boyd’s report (UN special rapporteur on human rights and the environment) comes six months after the human rights council recognised for the first time that everyone had a human right to live in a clean, healthy and sustainable environment.
“When you weld the international environmental agreements together with human rights law, human rights law brings into the equation institutions, processes, accountability. That’s what’s really exciting about this UN recognition of a right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment – it signals this union of human rights law and environmental law which can be an extremely powerful catalyst of the kinds of transformative changes that we so desperately need.”
Millions suffering in deadly pollution ‘sacrifice zones’, warns UN expert | Guardian (March 2022)
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