Human Rights & Environment
Global climate change threatens the health, security and survival of children and the future of our planet. Climate change is an urgent human rights matter that disproportionately impacts girls--especially Indigenous girls and girls in the global south and Arctic regions. Girls' rights to life, security, health, and numerous other social, economic, and cultural rights are threatened. As one of key drivers of climate change, the impact of resource development in Canada extends beyond environmental impacts to include human rights impacts, both today and for generations to come. For over a decade, Justice for Girls has been fighting for girls’ right to a safe climate and sustainable environment. We have advocated internationally for the global recognition of children’s right to a healthy environment and stable climate under international human rights law, and to stop the continued use and development of fossil fuels, especially tar sands and shale gas, which are a key source of global GHGs.
Read Press release about JFG delegation to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, including teen La Rose v HMTQ plaintiffs, Zoe Grames-Webb and Haana Edenshaw, along with Severn Cullis-Suzuki, and Zoe Craig-Sparrow.
Read coalition submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child regarding Canada's failures to protect children against the looming existential threat and current harms of climate change. This submission was made jointly with the David Suzuki Foundation, Feminist Alliance for International Action, Greenpeace, and Just Planet.
Read Justice for Girls International and Just Planet's 2015 written submission to the UN Human Rights Committee regarding children's right to life in relation to climate change. Read our joint oral submission made before the Committee on July 14, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland.
In 2012, at the most recent review of Canada by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, Justice for Girls made a written submission to the Committee, along with two young environmental leaders, about girls' rights in relation to climate change. Read our submission.
Justice for Girls and David Suzuki Foundation joint interns--Zoe Craig and Rekha Dhillon-Richardson-- traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to speak to members of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Read about it: Teen girls prompt United Nations Rights Committee to question Canada about climate change.
Read Zoe Craig's presentation before the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project Joint Review Panel.
TEDx by former JFG intern, Rekha Dhillon-Richardson (2015)