To assist members of the public and civil society to understand and exercise their rights in environmental law and to protect the environment. We will do this through:
- public education to increase awareness of legal rights and remedies in environmental matters
- advice, assistance and representation to improve public participation in environmental decision-making
- advocacy in policy and law reform to improve environmental law and access to justice on the environment
- strategic public interest litigation to enforce progress on key environmental issues and tackle systemic environmental problems.
Environmental law includes law relating to land-use planning, climate change, pollution control, environmental health, the conservation of biodiversity and cultural heritage, transport and energy impacts on the natural environment.
Our values and principles are to be:
- open, accessible and approachable in how we offer our services
- respectful, collaborative and enabling in how we deliver our services
- evidence-based and assertive in how we advocate for policy and law reform
- trusted and authoritative in how we pursue environmental rights and litigation.
Find out more about why we need an Environmental Rights Centre for Scotland and our history.