Welcome! The African Legal Centre has chosen as Environmental Justice as an important human rights focus area. In so doing, ALC endeavors to give shape to the idea of environmental justice, sometimes known as "environmental human rights" and closely linked with the concept of "environmental racism". The South Africa-based Environmental Justice Networking Forum provides an excellent definition of environmental justice, which informed the creation and direction of the ALC's Environmental Justice Project:
The fair treatment of people of all races, cultures, incomes, and educational levels with respect to the development and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Fair treatment implies that no population should be forced to shoulder a disproportionate share of exposure to the negative effects of pollution due to lack of political or economic strength.
Keeping this in mind, we will focus on three areas of concern on the continent: extractive industry and natural resources; agriculture and land rights; and energy and climate change. A summary of each of these issues and how ALC hopes to address them follows below, along with links to case law and further reading.