Access to environmental justice ‘is failing’, say NGOs

A “deteriorating… uninviting and challenging” legal regime is deterring the pursuit of environmental challenges through the courts, say Friends of the Earth and the RSPB.

Their joint A Pillar of Justice report, released today, found that access to environmental justice is failing due to changes made by the government over the past six years.

It echoes the views of the Aarhus Convention’s compliance committee, which found in the spring that compliance with the international agreement’s obligations on environmental justice had worsened.  The UK had “marked shortcomings” it said, principally in ensuring that the cost of undertaking legal action is not “prohibitively expensive”.

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