Costs and legal rules are two major obstacles that prevent people from obtaining justice on environmental matters. Be it in a court of law or an administrative agency, people must have a place to go to resolve environmental disputes. Costs and outdated legal rules often keep people at bay forcing them to suffer environmental harm or continue environmental conflicts.
We at the TAI Secretariat (World Resources Institute) just received this important call to action for access proponents everywhere. In essence the UNEP Governing Council will consider adopting a set of guidelines for national-level laws and institutions for Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration (Access to Information, Public Participation, and Access to Justice). The TAI Network has a special role to play in moving our governments to accept these foundational principles of environmental governance, a first step to creating a binding international treaty or convention.
Locked up, hungry and confused, the two young men from the Molboc Tribe were finally released. They do not regret what they did. They will likely do it again if they have a chance to do so… just to put food on the table, as how their ancestors, as native fisherfolk in Balabac, Palawan, had done before.