Environmental what?

Throughout my time in undergrad (Rock Chalk!), I constantly was asked, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” My reply was always something along the lines of, fight for environmental rights, which almost always got the response, “What’s an environmental right?” This blog is dedicated to showing people what exactly that is, and how throughout the world, people are being vastly denied those rights.

So to start off the blog, it seems best that we define an environmental human right. As laid out by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner (Human Rights), “all human beings depend on the environment in which we live.  A safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment is integral to the full enjoyment of a wide range of human rights, including the rights to life, health, food, water and sanitation.”¹ This then translates to that every person on the planet is depended on clean water and clean air, at the very least, so that they can in return have a chance at clean food and good health.

Examples of violations of these basic rights can be found everywhere – look at Flint, Michigan,² or the Niger Delta.³

Because these violations continue to get more and more dramatic, as more people shout from their rooftops that climate change is a hoax created by China, and as people start losing their interest in something that doesn’t affect them within just a few days, it is time that these events be recorded somewhere that is solely dedicated to that.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you will continue to follow along. I will do my upmost journalistic work – with real reporting, real research, and no basis (that is to say, that I will report both good and bad occurrences, and will not give an opinion on either).

With that, Samantha signing off.

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