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Environmental Ethics

Volume 16, Issue 3, Fall 1994

James W. Nickel, Eduardo Viola
Pages 265-273

Integrating Environmentalism and Human Rights

The environmental and human rights movements have valuable contributions to make to each other. Environmentalists can contribute to the greening of human rights by getting the human rights movement to recognize a right to a safe environment, to see humans as part of nature, and to begin considering the idea that nature may have claims of its own. The human rights movement can contribute to environmentalism by getting environmentalists to recognize that they have strong reasons to support rights to political participation, freedom from violence, due process of law, education, and adequate nutrition.

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