Indigenous Peoples around the globe are disproportionately affected by pollution

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Published: 1Jun2020

Indigenous Peoples around the world are suffering disproportionately from the impacts of pollution. After surveying close to 700 articles covering different disciplines and regions of the world, a research team led by Helsinki University and involving McGill has highlighted key factors that contribute to this situation.

...“This is really a human rights issue. We all have the right to clean air, water and food. Unfortunately, millions of Indigenous Peoples worldwide do not,” said Niladri Basu from McGill’s Department of Natural Resource Sciences and School of Human Nutrition, and one of the authors of the study that was recently published in Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management. “Greater engagement of Indigenous Peoples in environmental governance can help to incorporate Indigenous Peoples' social, spiritual, and customary values into assessments over environmental quality and ecosystem health.”

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