No One Should Die from Toxic Exposure

Recently there have been a lot of reports about children not being properly protected from hazardous or toxic substances and these reports are coming from all around the world, even seemingly right in our own backyard for those of us here at Kids Meeting Kids. This week, I've posted a few blogs about the issue so go ahead and take a look at those as well while you are here. Now, since its such a vast issue I'm going to take a wider and more worldwide view. I found that International law states that it protects children from child labor that is likely to be hazardous or harmful. In addition, international law protects the right to freedom of expression and assembly, which is very relevant for environmental issues. Yet, child rights are consistently violated in the topic of environmental pollution. According to the World Health Organization, 1.7 million children under the age of five died in 2012 because they lived in an unhealthy environment. Toxic chemicals and substances have particularly harmful consequences for children, whose developing bodies are often more severely affected by toxic exposures than those of adults, leading in some cases to irreversible long-term damage, disability, or even death. Children from poor or disadvantaged backgrounds can be particularly at risk as their communities have limited opportunity to meaningfully participate in decision-making and public debate on environmental issues, and have little access to independent courts to have any help. Many groups are raising awareness and some have even sent the UN Reporting Committee complaints while documenting these issues. Toxic substance exposure is a huge issue in human rights and needs to be dealt with! Remember to check out the other posts on the topic if you are interested in it!

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