There is a growing global awareness of the ways in which our human lives and the environment are intertwined and interdependent. Unprecedented environmental degradation, resource depletion, and the looming reality of climate change have all drawn anxious attention to the human impact on the environment. Law is critically important here. Countries like Spain, France, Portugal, and Finland have already recognized a human right to a healthy environment. But some environmental advocates are arguing that this isn’t enough. We need to recognize the inherent rights of nature itself. In this episode, we discuss the limitations of human rights in confronting environmental harms and how we could realise the rights of nature.
In this episode, we explore the limitations of using human rights law to protect the environment with Mari Margil, from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fun. In the face of growing threats from environmental degradation and climate change, do we need to recognise the inherent rights of nature?