Young Environmental Defenders and their Rights

Standards That Protect Environmental Youth Activism

Published: May 2021

This briefer from the Expert Council on NGO Law in collaboration with ECNL outlines states obligations for ensuring the rights, protection and safety of young environmental defenders.

Environmental activism brings together people from of all walks of life and their goals are pursued in many different ways. In recent years, the world has seen a growing trend of youth becoming involved in environmental activism. This briefer focuses on the international standards and best practices for states to follow to protect the rights of youth activism and environmental defenders as a whole.