eon3, May 26, 2009
Professor of Medical Ethics and author THOMAS KERNS shows how the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its two related internationally adopted documents – the Convention on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights – can form an effective context for environmental activist campaigns. He outlines three strategies for organizers to follow and points to the effectiveness or California’s Stop the Spray movement as a model.
Prof. Kerns is the author of ENVIRONMENTALLY INDUCED ILLNESSES: Ethics, Risk Assessmennt and Human Rights. His college level philosophy course, Environment and Human Rights is on-line.
He is the founder of the EHRA – Environment and Human Rights Advisory, a consulting service for environmental organizations and government agencies.