Time to get tough on environmental lawbreakers: NHRC chief

NHRC Chairman, Justice (Ret’d), Arun Kumar Mishra, said on Saturday it was time to identify and close the gaps, and “tough on violators” of standards in the implementation of laws environmental.

In a written message issued by the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) on the eve of World Environment Day, he also said that society must find a balance between the need for development and the preservation of ecosystem and climate.

“As part of the global brotherhood, we must meet emission standards to allow us to breathe fresh, clean air. We must save our green belts, prevent reckless illegal mining, shrinkage of water bodies, dispose of plastics and household waste, promote biofuel technologies and share them with others to develop sources alternative energy sources, solar and wind, in addition to nuclear and hydroelectric technologies. is the call of the day,” he said.

The concept of the global village can only be realized when developed economies understand the need and aspirations of people in developing economies to live in a cohesive world and give everyone the same chance to realize rights as their fellow human beings. in developed countries, Mishra said in her post.

“They must take more responsibility in the fight against climate change without shifting the burden of sacrifice only to developing economies,” he added.

“Now is the time to identify and close the loopholes and take strong action against violators of environmental law enforcement standards. Enforcing policies around the world and delivering on commitments made at global summits are of the utmost importance to achieving the goals,” the message read.

Bringing his greetings on the eve of World Environment Day, he said it has been celebrated on June 5 every year since 1973 as part of the United Nations Environment Program to raise awareness of the need for protect environment to save life on planet earth.

But ‘Save Environment’ is not a slogan anymore. Climate change is affecting the lives of people all over the world. Access to their rights to clean water, food, health and a clean environment is a top priority, he said.

“This year’s theme for World Environment Day rightly assumes that there is only one Earth and that we must all think globally and act locally to save planet Earth from degradation. We need to find a balance between the need for development and the preservation of our ecosystem and climate,” Mishra said.

National human rights institutions can play a very effective role in preventing environmental and climate degradation, endangering life on planet Earth, according to the statement.

At the Glasgow summit, India led the world by committing, despite its development challenges, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2070, she said. .

Responsibility must be shared by individuals in addition to the efforts of governance systems, including states, municipal authorities, panchayati raj institutions, on a war footing, he said.

Local bodies, such as panchayats and national human rights commissions, civil society organizations must act in tandem to raise awareness for environmental promotion and protection at the local level, said the leader of the CNDH.

The protection of the environment is a constitutional duty and the observance and celebration of Environment Day should essentially be seen as a day of duty incumbent on every human being to at least not harm our ecosystem, the biodiversity and the environment, he added.