WikiForHumanRights/2021/How to participate
Write about human rights, environmental health and diverse communities impacted by environmental issues around the world!
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How to participate?
Below you will find information about how to edit Wikipedia and potential editing actions as part of the campaign. You can also help the campaign by:
- Joining the WikiForHumanRights Challenge — help us write content in many languages and get a chance to get small prizes to celebrate the campaign!
- Communicate the Campaign! — let others know that the campaign is happening.
- Join an Event! — learn more about the human rights, the right to a healthy environment or how to edit Wikipedia by joining an event!
Learn to edit
Do you need help learning how to edit? Check out these videos:
- A short 3 minute video for how to edit a Wikipedia article in Visual Editor
- Check out this guide for more information about how to Edit Wikipedia
Recommended ways to get started
|Add a citation about climate or environmental issues and human rights or climate justice||Citations are important for ensuring that environmental or human rights topics remain on Wikipedia.||Visit one of the articles identified in the list or in Citation Hunt (for Human Rights or for Climate Change)|
|Add a paragraph or section about Human Rights to articles environmentally destructive industries||Extraction industries or other industries that are particularly destructive to the environment are frequently also industries with violations of the rights of local communities or workers. For example, the Cerrejón mine in Columbia has well documented human rights complaints.||Identify a major site of extraction, industry or environmental pollution in your context.
Search for human rights, climate justice or environmental justice topics related to that site Add a “social impact” or “environmental impact” section to the article.
|Add a paragraph or section about how humans in cities or towns are impacted by environmental issues, such as climate change, air pollution or water pollution by heavy industry and city management.||Cities are a critical place where underrepresented communities -- from the Flint water crisis to cities in the Jharia coalfield or in heavily polluted contexts from Los Angeles to Lagos -- humans are on the frontline of environmental issues.||For a list of cities see this English Wikipedia article.
Identify research topics for a city by searching concepts like “human rights”, “pollution” and “NAME OF CITY” to find a clear action. For example, “air pollution in Lagos” is not mentioned in the article on English Wikipedia. Look for an environment/environmental issues or health section of the article, and add information -- if not consider creating content there.
|Add information about the right to a healthy environment to wikipedia articles about human rights, environmental issues or climate change||Over 150 countries recognize a right to a healthy environment (you can see the list here). Drawing connections between country articles and the en:Right to a healthy environment will help readers see the connection. For example, on English Wikipedia the article about the South African Constitution has an explicit section about the right or the Colombian Constitution of 1991.||Identify a topic:
Search for materials about human rights and environmental issues issues listed in the articles.
|Write a new article: recommended for experienced editors||Writing a new Wikipedia article can be more complex -- if you are interested in doing this please make sure that it meets notability in your local wiki (i.e. 3 sources and lasting relevance on English Wikipedia). This is not a recommended task for newcomers.||Identify a topic from the list of topics for the campaign or recommended by other communities.