For nature. For people. We’re demanding that the UN make it a universal human right to live on a healthy planet.
So we’re glad you want to learn more about #1planet1right - you’ve come to the right place. Now that you’ve signed the petition (or if you haven’t, do so below), you want to know more….great!
The campaign is supported by well over 100 grassroots and global organisations who share our profound concern for the survival of our planet.
Recognition of a universal human right to a healthy natural environment is just one piece of the jigsaw puzzle assembled to address the existential crises of climate and collapsing biodiversity which threaten life on planet earth as we know it. If the COVID-19 crisis teaches us anything, it is how the reckless way we treat nature threatens our lives, our economies and our very future. A post-COVID recovery must be green and sustainable, and leave business as usual in the past. Our backs are to the wall. Our New Zealand partner, Forest & Bird, offers a powerful local road map for such an approach.
The United Nations is the playing field for universal human rights so we’ll start there. We are advised and guided by the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, Dr. David Boyd. The democratic, and therefore necessarily lengthy, process to secure this right starts with the UN’s Human Rights Council. We are part of a global civil society organisations call for the UN to recognise this right.
This is a call for organisations much like our call is for individuals.
We need to penetrate UN consciousness at ALL levels
from all parts of society around the globe to convey the urgency of the need to act.
We also urge your organisation or company to support 1planet1right. If you think your organisation would support this call, please click here.
An example of this type of endorsement for #1Planet1Right which we’ve received is that from the Global Pact for the Environment. Founded both on the right to live in a healthy environment and on the duty to take care of the environment, the Global Pact will give citizens the legal tools to become actors in the protection of the planet. The Global Pact would be complementary with the universal human right, encouraging a global legal framework that better protects our planet, all while filling the gaps in international environmental law.
Client Earth is another important organisation which has endorsed #1Planet1Right. Their tagline is “A future in which people and planet thrive together isn't just possible: it's essential.” Client Earth forces businesses and governments to deliver on their environmental obligations. They help to draft more robust, ambitious laws and they propose scientifically sound policies and solutions to protect rights and resources in the first place.
Lobbying the UN, its Human Rights Council and the General Assembly, is a function of getting the member state ambassadors and representatives to these bodies to act, and they do so at the direction of their national governments. So the pressure must come nationally, at the member state level, which is why we are so gratified to have over 100 of our partners in different countries around the world support our call.
The demand for this universal human right to a healthy natural environment is, as mentioned above,
part of a broad kaleidoscope of efforts - a battle on many fronts - to save our planet.
We mention some below, although this list is far from comprehensive or complete. We are deeply engaged, in particular, in fighting the catastrophic losses in our planet’s biodiversity and in fighting the devastating impacts of climate change. At BirdLife Europe & Central Asia, we have contributed a blueprint to help the EU address this crisis in its EU Green Deal, Biodiversity, Farm2Fork and CAP reform strategies. We are collaborating with many partners towards an ambitious and effective Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework being negotiated under the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) and will be highlighting, among many issues, the need for the new human right at the UN Summit on Biodiversity being held as part of the 75th UN General Assembly.
We’re also a partner on and will be talking more about the campaign at sessions of the United Nations Development Programme’s Nature for Life Hub, also taking place as part of the myriad events associated with the UN General Assembly. The goal of these meetings is to address and advocate for the essential systemic transformations we must see if we are to put nature on a path to recovery by 2030, and the Nature for Life Hub will also launch a world leaders’ pledge for nature that commits to just that.
We and BirdLife partners around the world have wholeheartedly endorsed the Global Climate Strike and in the run-up to the next UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, we are advocating for accelerated action on climate change, with a focus on nature-based solutions to climate change and a just transition to nature-sensitive renewable energy.
We also support Voice for the Planet, an overarching platform showcasing the growing movement of people around the world calling for a new deal for nature and people.
We know that change comes from being informed, educated and empowered. This is why we believe so strongly with our partners on the ground in educating and involving young people on their environment and the planet. These grass roots efforts are essential in developing the generation of children who will inherit the planet so they can demand the changes needed now and over the coming decade to ensure a healthy future. For example, with the support of the EU, we have been proud to establish the OWL One World Learning coalition.
So this then is just a glimpse of the connections between the myriad efforts and the very broad terrain on which, in which, we and #1planet1right are engaged in this existential fight. If you would like to make a concrete financial effort to help us continue and expand our work, we would be grateful.
The campaign is supported by well over 100 grassroots and global organisations who share our profound concern for the survival of our planet. The following BirdLife Partners have leant their support:
Argentina - Aves Argentinas
Australia - BirdLife Australia
Austria - BirdLife Austria
Bahamas - Bahamas National Trust
Belarus - BirdLife Belarus
Belgium - Natuurpunt
Belize - Belize Audubon Society
Bhutan - Royal Society for the Protection of Nature
Bolivia - Associacion Armonia
Botswana - BirdLife Botswana
Brazil - SAVE Brazil
Bulgaria - Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds
Burkina Faso - NATURAMA
Canada - Birds Canada
Canada - Nature Canada
Chile - Comité Nacional Pro Defensa de la Flora y Fauna
China (Hong Kong) - Hong Kong Birdwatching Society
Chinese Taiwan - Chinese Wild Bird Federation
Colombia - Asociación Calidris
Cook Islands - Te Ipukarea Society
Croatia - Association BIOM
Cyprus - BirdLife Cyprus
Czechia - Czech Society for Ornithology
Denmark - Dansk Ornitologisk Forening
Djibouti - Djibouti Nature
Dominican Republic - Grupo Jaragua
Ecuador - Aves y Conservación
Egypt - Nature Conservation Egypt
El Salvador - SalvaNATURA
Ethiopa - Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society
Faroe Islands - Faroese Ornithological Society
Fiji - NatureFiji-MareqetiViti
France - Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux
French Polynesia - Société d'Ornithologie de Polynésie
Georgia - Society for Nature Conservation
Germany - Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union
Ghana - Ghana Wildlife Society
Greece - Hellenic Ornitholgical Society
Hungary - Magyar Madártani és Természetvédelmi Egyesület
India - Bombay Natural History Society
Indonesia - Burung Indonesia
Iraq - Nature Iraq
Ireland - BirdWatch Ireland
Italy - Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli
Japan - World Bird Society of Japan
Jordan - Jordan Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature
Kazakhstan - Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan
Kuwait - Environment Protection Society
Latvia - Latvian Ornithological Society
Lebanon - Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon
Liechtenstein - Botanisch-Zoologische Gesellschaft
Luxembourg - natur&ëmwelt
Madagascar - Asity Madagascar
Malawi - Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi
Malaysia - Malaysian Nature Society
Mauritius - The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation
Mexico - Pronatura
Montenegro - Center for Protection and Research of birds of Montenegro
Myanmar - Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association
Nepal - Bird Conservation Nepal
Netherlands - Society for the Protection of Birds
New Caledonia (to France) - Société Calédonienne d’Ornithologie
New Zealand - Forest & Bird
Nigeria - Nigerian Conservation Foundation
North Macedonia - Macedonian Ecological Society
Palau - Palau Conservation Society
Panama - Panama Audubon Society
Paraguay - Guyra
Philippines - Haribon Foundation
Portugal - Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds
Saudi Arabia - Saudi Wildlife Authority
Serbia - Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia
Seychelles - Nature Seychelles
Sierra Leone - Conservation Society of Sierra Leone
Singapore - Nature Society
South Africa - BirdLife South Africa
Spain - SEO/BirdLife
Sri Lanka - Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka
Sweden - Swedish Ornithological Society
Switzerland - SVS/BirdLife Switzerland
Syria - Syrian Society for Conservation of Wildlife
Thailand - Bird Conservation Society of Thailand
Tunisia - Association Les Amis des Oiseaux
Uganda - NatureUganda
UK - Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
USA - Audubon
Zambia - BirdWatch Zambia
Zimbabwe - BirdLife Zimbabwe
See our CEO Patricia Zurita’s call to world leaders #ForNature
Watch our side event on “Building Back Better for Nature & People to Achieve the 2030 Agenda, through a transformational green recovery and recognising the right to a healthy environment” at the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development