Worldwide efforts to protect the environment and the international struggle for human rights have much in common. Both movements have deep societal roots and have received increasing political support since World War II. The modern human rights movement began in 1948 when the U.N. General Assembly passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The modern environmental movement began shortly thereafter, when scientific and public awareness of the effects of economic development on the biosphere increased substantially. Although these movements have developed independently since the war, they are beginning to intertwine in ways that should prove mutually beneficial.
Michael J. Kane,
Promoting Political Rights to Protect the Environment,
Yale J. Int'l L.
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