Header image – A beautiful warning? Arran from Culzean Castle. The unusual and beautiful sea colour is caused by growth of coccolithophores, a microscopic marine algae, which marine biologists say reflects soaring CO2 levels.
Without a healthy environment, humanity cannot survive or thrive.
Everyone in Scotland deserves to live in a healthy environment. Nature depends on us to be able to use the law to defend it.
Globally and here in Scotland, we are facing a climate emergency, a sharp decline in biodiversity, unsafe levels of air pollution, and food insecurity.
People living in areas of high deprivation, children, older people, disabled people, and people with health conditions are disproportionately affected by environmental hazards, and are often least responsible for causing environmental damage. These individuals and groups also often have less resources to challenge environmental injustice.
The Scottish Government will consult on a new Human Rights (Scotland) Bill in 2022. It will incorporate the human right to a healthy environment ‘with substantive and procedural elements’.
For more information, read our joint briefing with Scottish Environment LINK and watch the video below.
Our right to a healthy environment and other rights
Read our three briefings commissioned by the Human Rights Consortium Scotland on the relationship between our right to a healthy environment and three other human rights:
- How the human right to a healthy environment advances the rights of disabled people – joint briefing with Inclusion Scotland
- How the human right to a healthy environment advances our right to health
- The relationship between the human right to a healthy environment and the right to food