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WikiForHumanRights: Right to a Healthy Environment 2022

The aim of the #WikiForHumanRight campaign is to make sure that everyone has access to neutral, fact-based, and current information around our Right to Healthy Environment. The Right to a healthy environment is both a legal right acknowledged by the UN, but also a way of connecting human rights and the triple planetary crisis we face: climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss. As the UN Environmental Program highlighted: we need to make Peace with Nature, and human rights need to be at the center of the solutions.

The role of Wikipedia has never mattered more than now. Everyone everywhere needs access to information about how climate change or environmental degradation impacts their lives. We can increase knowledge about the healthy natural systems upon which all people rely for the water they drink, the air they breathe, the food they eat, and the resources they need. With WikiForHumanRights this year, we are focusing on the implications of the right to a healthy environment on humans experiencing the intersecting three planetary crises: climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution.

Information plays a critical role in our shared ability to not only understand these interconnected crises but also mitigate the causes and adapt for a healthy future for all. Fulfilling the human right to a healthy environment empowers those most affected by environmental harms such as pollution, climate change, and biodiversity loss to defend the environment, participate in decision-making, and access justice and human rights protection. Filling gaps on Wikipedia about these topics, helps the public make the thousands of decisions needed to address these pressing environment crises.

Following new recognition from the UN Human Rights Council that having a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment is a human right, we have a renewed opportunity to help people around the world better understand and claim their right to a healthy environment.

Topics in focus:

The Right to a healthy environment

  • The importance of environmental justice, climate justice, and human rights centered approaches to local, national, and international action on the climate crisis
  • Human wellbeing in the face of environmental damage caused by pollution, with a focus on the direct impact on other human rights (i.e. pollution and health, right to water, etc)
  • Biodiversity and human rights — understanding how human wellbeing is dependent on a biodiverse natural ecosystem

We need you!

We need Wikimedians and Wikimedia affiliates, activists and advocates, experts, and partners who care about the public knowledge crises.

  • If you are new to the community, join an event to learn how to edit!
  • If you are an experienced editor, we encourage you to join our global writing contest! More about this will be shared in March.
  • If you are a Wikimedia organization or partner we need help organizing activities that encourage curation of stories and content on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia platforms. We encourage organizers to think about how the right to a healthy environment cutting across these three environmental crises: Climate change, Pollution, and Biodiversity. (More resources coming soon)

Upcoming Event

Join us for 1.5 (one and a half) hours of info and conversation Tuesday the 14th December 2021 15:00 UTC on Zoom , to learn more about;

  • How you can participate in this campaign and organize local events in your community or region
  • Which topics this campaign will target, and how you can connect with subject matter experts, partners, and other resources to support successful content creation activities.
  • How the Wikimedia Foundation Campaigns team can support you in designing your event and doing targeted outreach to potential contributors drawn to these topics.

Click to join the Zoom meeting here

Other ways to get support include:

  • If you want to join us as an organizer, please join our Telegram Group
  • If you have any questions send us an email at campaigns wikimedia org

Major Dates

  • Virtual meetings for organizers- Jan-March 2022
  • Launch of Writing Contest and Community Events- April, 2022
  • Earth Day - April 22,2022
  • Stockholm + 50 conference- June 2-3,2022 (Nairobi)
  • World Environment Day- June 5,2022
  • Apply for Rapid Fund Jan-April