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Universal Environmental Rights

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Article 10

All have a right to live without fear of violence and war. We have a right to effective mediation and conflict transformation practices using nonviolent methods designed to address and correct root causes, basic human needs, legitimate goals, and just grievances. All parties have a right to address underlying issues emphasizing tension reduction, positive inducements and incentives for cooperation. All have a right to be treated in ways that avoid humiliation, threats, fear, provocative pressure, and domination. No one has a right to threaten innocents with conventional, biological or chemical weapons. All have a right to live in a world founded on policies of "Mutually Assured Survival," striving for mutual gain and approaches designed to pr oduce stability and enduring security.

Article 11

All living beings, including vulnerable species in threatened habitats, interdependent with human needs, have the right to a protection. All have the right to mediation, alternative dispute resolution and conflict resolution methods designed to address environmental conflicts. Adversarial, zero sum approaches often increase tension, escalate conflicts and may lead to damaging results. Non-adversarial practices, including mediation and restorative justice practices are more effective and less wasteful of time and money.

Article 12

We all have a right to live in a world free of all nuclear weapons, without the fear of annihilation. No government or other actor has the right to threaten or use nuclear weapons that harm innocent people, animals and plants and our ecosystem, and accelerate catastrophic climate change. All have a right to live without loose, dangerous fissile materials which should be quickly secured. All should act together to improve and transform international relationships to enhance mutual security to create more political will necessary to eliminate all nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth.

Diane Perlman, PhD

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Visiting Scholar Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution George Mason University

Diane Perlman is a clinical and political psychologist, devoted to applying knowledge from psychology, conflict studies and social sciences to designing strategies and policies to reverse nuclear proliferation, to drastically reduce (more...)

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