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Human rights in an ecological era

William Aiken

Environmental Values 1(1992): 191-203. doi: 10.3197/096327192776680061

After presenting a brief history of the idea of a human right to an adequate environment as it has evolved in the United Nations documents, I assess this approach to our moral responsibility with regard to the environment. I argue that although this rights approach has some substantial weaknesses, these are outweighed by such clear advantages as its action-guiding nature and its political potency.

KEYWORDS: environment, philosophy, ecological era, environmental rights, human rights,politics

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