ENVIRONMENT: CRIN submission for the CRC's Day of General Discussion on 'children’s rights and the environment'

CRIN's submission (attached below) aims to contribute information on the different aspects of children’s access to justice in relation to rights violations resulting from environmental damage. The issue is fundamental in environmental debates, as the impact of contemporary environmental problems, such as climate change, pollution, environmental degradation and resource depletion will profoundly affect the quality of life of current and future generations of children. What’s more, from a health perspective, children’s bodies are particularly susceptible to adverse effects of environmental harm because exposure occurs during sensitive periods of development and their young age means they will have to live with any consequences for longer. Ensuring children’s access to justice is not only crucial for violations of children’s rights already incurred, but also for preventing their recurrence by ensuring future  laws and policies are rights-respecting. 

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