Viewing pesticide exposures, especially exposures against our will, through an ethics and human rights lens helps underscore and validate the clear sense of injustice felt by those who discover that others have chosen, often without informing anyone ahead of time, to expose them, their families and their property to chemical pesticides against their will.
These vulnerable persons know that their fundamental right to security of person has been violated. Mothers who suffer spray exposures know viscerally that their and their children’s rights to special protections have been abridged.
Human rights norms are not arbitrary. They are ethical standards recognized by citizens in our country and by peoples around the world as moral duties and protections that everyone should be able to expect from their governments. If governments, or businesses regulated by governments, violate these norms, they are violating formally recognized standards of justice.
Human rights norms represent basic moral minimums, a moral floor beneath which state and state-regulated behaviors must not sink. If civil laws represent hard legal boundaries outside of which certain behaviors are not legally permissible, human rights standards represent hard ethical boundaries outside of which certain behaviors are not morally permissible.
Beyond Toxics is committed to bringing to the foreground the ethics and human rights dimension of pesticide exposures. We seek to give voice to those who have been adversely impacted.
- The World Needs a U.N. Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change (Tom Kerns, Ph.D.)
- Chemical Trespass & Human Rights (4 video clips from people who have been affected)
- More chemical trespass stories (text and audio only)
- Pesticide Reform home page
- Pesticide Reform resources
- Take action for pesticide reform (sign our online petition)
- See three video clips from an exclusive 2011 interview with Sandra Steingraber on the topic of chemical trespass and human rights
- The Journal of Human Rights and the Environment
- The Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT) Session on Agrochemical Transnational Corporations
- MORE on pesticides in our bodies (PAN North America)
- MORE about the concept of chemical body burden
- Kerns, Thomas A, Environmentally Induced Illnesses: Ethics, Risk Assessment and Human Rights, McFarland & Company, 2001.
- Kravchenko, Svitlana and Bonine, John, Human Rights and the Environment, Carolina Academic Press, 2008.
- Picolotti, Romina and Jorge Daniel Taillant, Linking Human Rights and the Environment, University of Arizona Press, 2003.
- Woods, Kerri, Human Rights and Environmental Sustainability, Edward Elgar Publishers, 2010
- Boyd, David, The Environmental Rights Revolution: A Global Study of Constitutions, Human Rights, and the Environment, University of British Columbia Press, 2011
MATERIALS FOR AN ONLINE CLASS – NOW AVAILABLE!
Environment and Human Rights (PHIL 220) – taught by Dr. Tom Kerns through North Seattle Community College
- Center for Human Rights and the Environment
- Environment and Human Rights Advisory
- Global Network for the Study of Human Rignts and the Environment
- Pesticide Action Network
- Beyond Pesticides
Won’t you join us in imagining, and working for, a world beyond toxics?
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