While the constitution and the courts of Bangladesh recognize that the right to life encompasses the right to clean air, the implementation and enforcement of this right remain a challenge. In Ghagotpada in northern Bangladesh women are playing a critical role in beating air pollution, not only by changing to clean fuel and clean cookstoves at home but also by continuing to spread the word and changing minds.
The Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards publicly recognize and celebrate excellence in enforcement by government officials and institutions or teams combating transboundary environmental crime. Here are heroes in Viet Nam, Thailand, Nepal, the Republic of Korea and India, who are making the world a better and more just place to live. They combat and hold accountable those engaged in illegal trade in wildlife, chemicals or waste, including plastic, all of which become increasingly significant in the COVID-19 response and recovery era.
Building back from COVID-19 will be an inter-generational effort as decisions taken now on recovery may impact the lives of children and youth disproportionately. Find out more about the Children’s Environmental Rights Initiative, which supports children’s right to a healthy, safe, clean and sustainable environment.