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Environmental pollution is a major threat to the right to a healthy environment, as it can cause serious harm to human health and the environment. Pollution can come from various sources, including industrial activities, transportation, agriculture, and waste management, and can have negative impacts on air, water, and soil quality. Exposure to pollution can cause a range of health problems, including respiratory diseases, cancer, and neurological disorders.
In addition, environmental pollution disproportionately affects marginalized communities, including Indigenous people, low-income communities, African communities, who often bear the brunt of pollution-related health and environmental impacts. This further highlights the importance of promoting the right to a healthy environment and addressing environmental pollution in a just and equitable manner.
The right to a healthy environment is recognized by various international and regional human rights organizations, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, and the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. It is a fundamental right that is essential for the enjoyment of other human rights, such as the right to life, health, food, water, and culture.
As emphasized by the UN Environmental Program, making peace with nature is crucial in addressing the triple planetary crisis of climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss. Human rights are integral to any solution aimed at making peace with nature, and promoting the right to a healthy environment is a crucial step towards achieving this goal. The Wiki for Human Rights campaign seeks to contribute to this effort by providing information and raising awareness about environmental pollution and the right to a healthy environment in the Igbo community in 2023.
This year's WikiForHumanRights in the Igbo community will encourage contributors/participants to create entries about human right, right to a healthy environment, environmental pollution and the triple planetary crisis on the Igbo Wiktionary, Igbo Wikipedia, and Igbo Wikiquote.
Topics in Focus
The term "Triple Planetary Crises" is used by the United Nations to refer to the three major environmental issues that are affecting the world today. These crises include pollution, climate change, and biodiversity loss or ecological crises.
Pollution refers to the contamination of air, water, and soil by human activities such as industrial activitiies, improper waste disposal, transportation, natural phenomena, etc. This has led to a significant negative impact on the health of people and the planet as a whole.
Climate crisis on the other hand, refers to the rapid and severe changes in the Earth's climate due to the increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere caused by human activities. This leads to increased temperatures, rising sea levels, and extreme weather conditions that have detrimental effects on ecosystems and human lives.
Biodiversity loss and ecological crises are caused by the destruction of natural habitats, overfishing, bush burning, deforestation, and other activities that threaten the existence of different species of plants and animals. This, in turn, affects the balance of ecosystems and poses a significant risk to livelihood.
Together, these three crises pose a significant threat to the well-being of our planet and its inhabitants. It is crucial for the world to take immediate and decisive action to address these issues and mitigate their impact.
|April 15, 2023||15th - 30th April, 2023||Online: Zoom|
Images on Pollution
Pollution à São Tomé.jpg Pollution in São Tomé
Black smoke emissions from a vehicle’s exhaust are a key contributing factor to air pollution and climate change in Kamonyi District road, Rwanda. Emmanuel Kwizera.jpg Black smoke emissions from a vehicle’s exhaust in Kamonyi District road, Rwanda.
Arrière-mangrove de Majicavo janvier 2017.jpg The beach at the back of the fringing mangrove in Majicavo, Mayotte (south-west Indian Ocean, French territory)