Last Updated:
08/24/22 2:31AM

Clean Air Rights Restoration

Restore the right to clean air in the United States

This proposal is still in a draft state. Help shape the future of this proposal by sharing any thoughts.
Bullet Points
  • Essential for human health: Clean air is necessary for maintaining good health and well-being. Breathing polluted air can lead to a range of respiratory problems, cardiovascular diseases, and other health issues. Access to clean air is vital for the overall quality of life and the preservation of human health.
  • Fundamental human right: Clean air is considered a fundamental human right because it is necessary for individuals to lead a healthy and dignified life. The right to breathe clean air is inherently tied to the right to life, as pollution and contaminants in the air can have severe consequences for human health and well-being.
  • Environmental justice: Ensuring clean air is a matter of environmental justice. Clean air should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status, race, or geographical location. By recognizing clean air as a natural right, society can work towards addressing environmental disparities and protecting vulnerable communities from the harmful effects of air pollution.
  • Protection of future generations: Clean air is not only a right for present generations but also for future generations. By safeguarding clean air, we are ensuring a healthy environment for future children and grandchildren. It is our responsibility to preserve the quality of the air for the well-being of future populations.
  • Ecological balance: Clean air is essential for maintaining ecological balance and biodiversity. Air pollution can harm plant life, disrupt ecosystems, and lead to a decline in biodiversity. Recognizing clean air as a natural right emphasizes the importance of protecting the environment and maintaining the delicate balance of ecosystems.
  • Sustainable development: Access to clean air is crucial for sustainable development. Polluted air not only affects human health but also has detrimental effects on economic productivity, agricultural production, and overall societal well-being. By recognizing clean air as a natural right, societies can prioritize sustainable practices and policies that ensure a healthy environment for current and future generations.
  • International agreements and frameworks: International agreements and frameworks, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Paris Agreement, recognize the importance of clean air as a human right and emphasize the need for environmental protection. These agreements provide a basis for advocating for clean air as a natural right at both national and global levels.
  • Cultural and spiritual significance: Clean air holds cultural and spiritual significance in many societies. It is often associated with purity, well-being, and a connection to nature. Recognizing clean air as a natural right acknowledges and respects the cultural and spiritual values attached to clean and healthy environments.
  • Public trust and responsibility: Governments and authorities have a responsibility to protect public health and ensure access to clean air. By recognizing clean air as a natural right, it reinforces the importance of this responsibility and holds governments accountable for taking necessary measures to reduce air pollution and protect the well-being of their citizens.
  • Precautionary principle: The precautionary principle suggests that in the face of uncertainty and potential harm, preventive measures should be taken. Recognizing clean air as a natural right aligns with the precautionary principle, prompting societies to take proactive actions to prevent air pollution and ensure the availability of clean and healthy air for everyone.