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Environmental Sustainability and Human Rights
by Karina Hanney Marrero

The methodology of environmental sustainability assists us in making a connection with the issues of legality. Sustainability is a term that germinated within the frameworks of Green political movements around the 1980’s. It emphasises the urgency to approach ‘environmental matters as an political issue'(1). A connection can be made between the subjects of everyday protest, sustainability, and ‘patient lobbying’ as a form of political activism in this context.

The issues concerning sustainability can be in some cases directly connected to the European Unions and the United Nations charters on Human rights, that ‘seek to promote balanced and sustainable development and ensure free movement of persons, services, goods and capital, and the freedom from establishment.’ And that the ‘enjoyment of these rights entails responsibilities and duties with regard to the other persons, to the human community, and future generations.’

Sustainability and Human Rights are therefor interlinked and it is the want for a more sustainable approach towards natural resources and nations disregard of human and constitutional rights that spark the publics urge for protest and activism.

The full European Unions charter found here, and the United Nations charters can be found here.

(1) Dobson, Andrew, 1990, Introduction ‘Green Political Thought’ pp. 2.

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