The world (aka the UN General Assembly) has recognised a new right, and one that holds the key to unlocking a sustainable and liveable future on this planet for the next generations. The UN’s recognition of the human right to live in a clean, healthy and sustainable environment builds on years of tireless efforts from so many - but the work really has only just begun. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said it best: “Today’s decision by the General Assembly marks the culmination of many years of advocacy by activists from all corners of the environmental justice movement. We know the scale of the dangers we face. If we are to protect our planet for present and future generations, it is now time for truly bold action by governments and the private sector as well. And for all of us to stand together to make the right to a healthy environment our lived and shared reality.”
In addition to our three updates this week, we wanted to flag this resource for you - it draws on insights from behavioral science to support conversations on the climate. It’s short and powerful and I now keep a copy of it next to my desk: Eight Principles for Effective and Inviting Climate Communication (Rare, July 2022).