Pollution can be found in all corners of the world. The true cost of pollution is foisted on everyone; however, it has disproportionate impacts on persons, groups and peoples in vulnerable situations such as children, women, Indigenous Peoples, coastal communities, people living in extreme poverty, surrounding communities affected by production facilities, and workers at heightened risk of occupational exposure, including waste-pickers. The Right to a Healthy Environment, requires us to both create a healthy environment and facilitate access to information to remedy environmental problems.
In this panel discussion we will explore how improved public knowledge, through platforms like Wikimedia projects, can help both global and local communities better understand and exercise their right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment in efforts to prevent, minimize and remedy pollution. Join our panel that includes Monika Stankiewicz (Executive Secretary of the Minamata Convention on Mercury), Jo Banner (Co-Founder & Co-Director, Descendents Project) and Soledad Mella Vida (Asociación Movimiento Nacional Recicladores de Chile) as we discuss how public knowledge can play an important role in protecting human rights and the environment.
The panel is hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation in partnership with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and UN Environment Program.
The event is part of #WikiForHumanRights. To learn more about the campaign join us at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiForHumanRights