The Health of our planet is our own health


The right to a healthy natural environment is not directly and explicitly stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations (1948). However, Article 3 refers to the right to life and personal safety of the individual. Reasonably, an individual would wonder: If I do not have access to a healthy natural environment, then my personal safety is at risk.


Lack of access to a healthy natural environment can be caused either by a forest fire or by natural disasters that may be caused by armed conflict.


There have been several efforts - directly or indirectly - in order to be integrated (the right to a healthy natural environment) through several international conventions. One of them, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966), in Article 12 states that NGOs must take the necessary measures to ensure the improvement of all areas of environmental health and industrial hygiene.