Norwich Declaration on Environmental Justice
University of East Anglia workshop on global environmental justice, June 2013

This declaration emerged from a workshop on global environmental justice held at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, UK, from 20-22 June 2013. It is signed by an international group of activists, academics and researchers observing that environmental injustices are proliferating across the globe, and are frequently being addressed by governments, multilateral institutions and multinational corporations as problems that can be resolved through technical or monetary means. Calls for environmental justice often relate to recognition of rights to customary resources, territories, cultural difference, fair negotiation processes and fairness in the distribution of benefits and costs, both within society and inter-generationally. It is noted that such narrow understandings of environmental justice normalize the perpetration of injustice, while it is essential to advance an approach to environmental justice founded on fundamental principles of citizenship, political and cultural rights, democratic decentralization, rule of law, access to due juridical processes, and transparent, democratic and accountable governance. Download the declaration [pdf] …