The week’s profiled resource is titled “Making the Law Count: Ten Environment Justice Stories by Community Paralegals in India” and comes to us from the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) - Namati Environmental Justice Program. This publication is a compilation of articles written by CPR-Namati’s barefoot advocates, also called as “Enviro-legal Coordinators”, about the cases they have worked on with affected communities. These stories chronicle their conviction that putting law in the hands of ordinary people can shift the balance of power in support of justice. They also show that it takes perseverance, focus and collective action to obtain justice.
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Across the world, poor communities bear a disproportionate burden of the environmental cost of development. Harmful projects such as polluting industrial units, municipal disposal sites or mining projects are usually situated close to poor neighborhoods.These communities grapple on a daily basis with environmental impacts which exposes them to toxic contamination, adversely affect their livelihoods and impose restrictions on their access to common resources and mobility.
The CPR-Namati Environmental Justice Program has developed a strong network of grassroots legal advocates or paralegals across four states in India. These paralegals are equipped with knowledge of basic law, relevant regulatory institutions, administrative processes and skills such as mediation, training and community organization. They work directly with the affected communities to help them to know the law, use the law and shape the law .
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