Through this summit Environmental Rights Centre Scotland are bringing together a collective voice in demanding access to environmental justice in a court of law, and ensuring our substantive and procedural rights are protected in the new Human Rights Bill. The day will allow sharing of hopes and aspirations for a greener, healthier and fairer Scotland for everyone. Prof David Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, will be the keynote speaker.

There will be plenty of opportunities for exchanging ideas, tips and learning, including workshops on:

  • Using freedom of information requests to hold public bodies to account
  • Challenging poor planning decisions and campaigning for a fairer system
  • Using strategic litigation to enforce environmental protection
  • How to advance the Rights of Nature.

This will be an in-person event for ERCS members, supporters, community campaigners and the voluntary sector and networks. ERCS welcome participation at the event, which will be an opportunity to learn new skills, share knowledge, and directly engage with government over the plans to incorporate the right to a healthy environment.

The event is in Edinburgh, from 10:00-16:30 on Wednesday 6 September.

If you would like to attend the Summit, you can register on Eventbrite. The event is free and a contribution to travel costs may be available but places are limited. If you have any special needs or accessibility requirements to enable your participation in the summit, you can email the organisers - details on Eventbrite.

Environmental Rights Centre Scotland are also running a petition calling for an enforceable right to a healthy environment and the establishment of a dedicated Scottish Environment Court. With both the Human Rights Bill and Environmental Governance review now out for public consultation, they are making a final push for signatures before formal hand-in, and looking ahead at what comes next.