SEA circular: Taking a human rights perspective on solving plastic pollution
SEA circular takes a human rights-based approach (HRBA) to project planning and implementation to ensure a fair, equitable and ethically sound course of action to solve plastic pollution at source.
The human rights implications of environmental damage – including marine plastic pollution – are felt most acutely by disadvantaged segments of society, including rural communities and the urban poor, women, children, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups.
A HRBA recognizes and addresses the underlying causes of discriminate impacts of pollution and environmental degradation on vulnerable groups; aims to empower and engage these groups in participatory processes; and helps to build the capacity of governments, plastic producers and polluting industries and other dutybearers to act and protect human rights and the environment.
Explore this section and view resources to learn more about HRBA in the context of marine plastic pollution
SEA circular has produced a range of resources on the human rights and gender implications of plastic pollution:
Date: 23 March 2020
The UNEP Introduction to human rights and the environment online course covers the relationship between human rights and the environment. The course explains the bases for the application of human rights to environmental issues, and the procedural and substantive obligations relating to the environment. It gives examples of constitutions that have incorporated a right to a healthy environment, good practices in procedural and substantive environmental protection. This course is free to access, with three modules. The duration is approximately three hours.
Date: March 2020
This Issue Brief gives an overview of the links between human rights, the environment and marine pollution and discusses a human rights based approach (HRBA) for more equitable and effective marine litter interventions.
Date: March 2020
This SEA circular Issue Brief gives an overview of the links between gender, the environment and marine pollution and discusses measures to empower women and strengthen equality for more inclusive and effective marine litter interventions.