Our mission and values reflect our ‘charitable purposes’.
Our charitable purposes are set out in our Constitution which is our governing document as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
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 any other field (e.g. cultural heritage, transport and energy) to the extent that it 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.