The right to environmental justice & how to exercise it

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

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How many European-protected sites have Natural England’s Consent to burn blanket bog?

I have sent Natural England an Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) request, (RFI 1870) to find out about Natural England’s Appropriate Assessments, Consents and Environmental Stewardship Agreements that cover blanket bog burning on Natura 2000 sites across England.

(To see what these terms mean, please skip to the end of this post.)

This follows Ban the Burn’s complaint to the European Commission about Natural England’s “probably unlawful” Consent to Walshaw Moor Estate’s blanket bog burning on the European-protected South Pennine Moors site.
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