Access to Wildlife Should be a Right, not a Privilege

Access to Wildlife Should be a Right, not a Privilege
No government has recognised access to nature as a right, yet it can and does deliver benefits to everyone in society. The Scottish Government is consulting on a rights of children and young people bill, to establish within law the responsibility of Scottish ministers to have "due regard" to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.The Convention – signed by every member of the UN except Somalia and the US – outlines children's fundamental rights such as the right to an identity, the right to life and development, and the right to be heard.

All forty-three rights recognised by the Convention are important, and some clearly more fundamental than others; a number of countries struggle to ensure that even some of the more basic rights are recognised and some actively obstruct them. The terrible deprivat…
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