In this assignment you. asked to consider and discuss the connection between human and environmental rights. Recall that Uren Majau asked the questions: are the rights of individuals and societies violated when the environment is destroyed? Are environmental rights equal to human rights? Consider how Majau, Rachel Carson, and others raised these questions — directly or indirectly — in their writings. In addition to 2 sources, your sources for this essay should include at least one outside reference.
Here are a few statements to reflect upon:
Rachel Carson In Silent Spring: If the Bill of Rights contains no guarantee that a citizen shall be secure against lethal poisons distributed either by private individuals or by public officials, it is surely only because our forefathers, despite their considerable wisdom and foresight, could conceive of no such problem.
Rachel Carson in Congressional testimony (June 1963): [I assert] the right of the citizen to be secure in his own home against the intrusions of poisons applied by other persons. I speak not as a lawyer but as a biologist and as a human being, but I strongly feel that this is or should be one of the basic human rights.
from the Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment
Man has the fundamental right to freedom, equality and adequate conditions of life in an environment of a quality that permits a life of dignity and well-being and he bears a solemn responsibility to protect and improve the environment for present and future generations.
Majau: A significant number of decisions at the national and international levels have identified environmental harm to individuals or communities, especially indigenous peoples arising as a result of violations of reckless environmental degradation. These decisions seem to uphold the principle that environmental degradation could amount to a violation of the rights to health, to life, to self-determination, to food and water, and to housing.
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