Describes how people with the least power and money suffer most from environmental problems and have the fewest of the Earth’s resources and benefits, while people with the most power and money cause these problems by over-consuming and polluting the environment.
No less than a decent environment for all; no more than a fair share of the Earth’s resources.
This is the guiding principle behind our work.
The human right to life is fundamental. Living a dignified life means getting access to natural and built resources. This means that everyone has a right to have warm housing, clean drinking water, unpolluted air and food that is safe to eat.
With rights, however, come responsibility. Everyone has a duty to protect and enhance our environment now and for people in the future.
To carry out our responsibilities we need certain resources. This means we need information, fair and transparent decision making, and the ability to stop acts that cause environmental injustices.
Environmental damage - whether caused by climate change, pollution or over development - often affects the poor and disadvantaged disproportionately. When making decisions about the environment and how we protect or use it everyone must be allowed to participate in those decision making processes.