“We cannot fully enjoy our rights, including the rights to life, health, food, water, and
housing, in a degraded or unhealthy environment. Ideally, all EHRDs should be able to exercise their human rights to freedom of expression and association, to information, to participation in decision-making, and to effective remedies in order to help to protect the environment – and the rights that depend upon it – from unsustainable exploitation.
In this way, the relationship between human rights and the environment should be a virtuous circle: the exercise of human rights helps to protect the environment, and a healthy environment helps to ensure the full enjoyment of human rights.”
– Prof. John Knox