School Student Forum on the Right to a Healthy Environment
On Friday 8 November ALHR collaborated with the University of Newcastle School of Law Centre for Law and Social Justice and the Human Rights for NSW Alliance to host a School Student Forum on the Right to a Healthy Environment. More than 60 students from the Newcastle region came to together to talk about what the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment means to them, with help from facilitators including Associate Professor Amy Maguire, Newcastle School of Law and Justice and Legal Centre NSW, Annika Reynolds ALHR Co-Chair of Environment and Human Rights and Isabel Moss, Disability Justice Liaison Officer at Canberra Community Law. Children have a right to participate on the issues that matter to them and to have their views taken seriously, and we feel privileged to have learnt from them.
The ACT has recently introduced amendments to include the right to a healthy environment in its Human Rights Act. ALHR calls for Human Rights Acts in every jurisdiction across Australia that articulates and protects the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment