Peoples Participation and Environmental Protection

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PRANEETHA, S B (2013)
  • Publisher: Journal Of Business Management & Social Sciences Research
  • Journal: Journal Of Business Management & Social Sciences Research (issn: 2319-5614, eissn: 2319-5614)
  • Subject: Environmental Justice, Environmental Protection, Public Participation, Public Interest Litigatin. | Social Sciences; Envoirnmental Management
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Environmental issues are best handled with the participation of all concerned citizens, at the relevant level. At the national level, each individual shall have appropriate access to information concerning the environment that is held by public authorities, including information on hazardous materials and activities in their communities, and the opportunity to participate in decision-making processes. States shall facilitate and encourage public awareness and participation by making information widely available. Effective access to judicial and administrative proceedings, including redress and remedy, shall be provided.The United Nations declared that public participation is one the important tool for distributive justice. Without the meaningful inclusion of those who will be impacted by the outcomes of environmental decision-making, fair distribution of environmental benefits and harms is unlikely to result.When a discussion on Human rights is made along with some basic essentials like food clothing and shelter another important component which also comes under the basic right is the right to clean environment which has been clearly laid down by Supreme Court of India in Subhash Kumar v State of BiharThe paper discusses the various tools through which people can participate in the decision making especially with reference to environmental laws so that environmental friendly behaviour can be promoted and every citizen is aware about his rights as well as his duties and exercise the same in advocating for the protection of environment which is also recognised as one of the basic human right.The paper also highlights the importance of Public Interest Litigation in protection of environment and human rights also reaffirming that this is also an important tool for pubic participation.
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