Environmental Justice Atlas and Legal Remedy

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and Al Haq (Irish Aid partner) hosted a round table discussion on Environmental Injustice and Environmental Rights Violations in Palestine. Speakers introduced the concept of Substantive Environmental Injustice whereby environmental 'goods' (e.g. clean land, air, and water) and 'bads' (polluted land etc.) are unfairly distributed along lines of existing social, economic, ethnic, or even national inequality. Some cases of environmental injustice in Palestine and globally are presented on http://ejatlas.org/ . During the discussion it was proposed that Israel’s good environmental standards and accession to international environmental treaties could present a useful entry point for tackling justice issues in Palestine.