Because it has signed the Aarhus Convention, the UK government has a legal duty to protect the public’s right to environmental justice – but it’s failing in its duty. Groups like the Kent Environment and Community Network have challenged this failure and stood up for the public’s right to environmental justice.
The Aarhus Convention places a legal duty on the UK government to protect the public right to:
- environmental information
- participation in decision making about environmental issues.
- easy and effective access to justice, if the rights to information and participation in decision making are denied