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Earth Day 2009: Do Environmental Rights Equal Human Rights?
We'd love to hear from you - please respond in the comments section or via video response.
What images come to mind when you think of human rights? Pictures of torture, unjust detention, police brutality, political persecution? Or do you think about climate change? What about when you think of the environmental movement? Do you picture oceans, forests, whales, butterflies? Or do you think about people?
(read more here: http://hub.witness.org/environmentislife)
Although the environmental and human rights movements are sometimes perceived as two different things - especially in many developed countries like the United States - in much of the world they are closely intertwined.
In March 2009, two WITNESS staff members Kelly Matheson and Priscila Neri traveled to the annual meeting of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide to speak activists from around the world about this connection. We asked them: do environmental rights = human rights?
The responses we heard were so illuminating that we decided to make this short video about what they told us. Share your thoughts with us too!