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Providing human rights information
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Using human rights to protect people and their planet.
Seeking justice today for future generations.
Empowering communities to protect their health and the environment.
Addressing human rights impacts on local communities.

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Bearing Witness: The Human Rights Case Against Fracking and Climate Change

On May 14, 2018, a respected international human-rights court, the Rome-based Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal, began a week-long hearing on the impacts of fracking and climate change on human and Earth rights. In its advisory opinion, the Tribunal ruled that fracking systematically violates substantive and procedural human rights; that governments are complicit in the rights violations; and that to protect human rights and the climate, the practice of fracking should be banned.

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Environment and Human Rights Advisory is a non-profit corporation. Its work is to provide information and analysis services nationally and internationally to government agencies, private firms and environmental organizations regarding the human rights dimensions of their work.

We provide formal, thoroughly researched Human Rights Impact Assessments (HRIAs) to environmental organizations, government agencies and private firms upon request. One recent project was serving on the Drafting Group for the GNHRE Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change.

One of our largest projects was co-organizing the Permanent Peoples Tribunal on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change. Another is promoting and supporting Youth Climate Courts.

We also collect and publish personal narratives of those who have been directly impacted by adverse environmental events or conditions.

Please contact us for further information.

Thomas Kerns, PhD – Executive Director

Dr. Thomas Kerns, PhDThomas Kerns, emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Seattle Community College has taught online courses in Bioethics, Ways of Knowing and Environment and Human Rights. Dr Kerns is author of Environmentally Induced Illnesses: Ethics, Risk Assessment and Human Rights (McFarland, 2001); co-editor with Kathleen Dean Moore of Bearing Witness: The Human Rights Case Against Fracking and Climate Change (Oregon State University Press, 2021); and author of Youth Climate Courts: How You Can Host a Human Rights Trial for People and Planet, (Routledge, 2022). He has lectured at World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva and served as commissioner on the New Zealand People’s Inquiry into Aerial Pesticide Sprays Over Auckland (2006).