Human Rights Day

10 December, 2019 | Thomas Devesa
Categories: Carbon Offsetting, Sustainable Development Goals, World Days

Women carrying water
Carrying water

Today marks the United Nation’s Human Rights Day. It has been observed since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Keeping with the theme of the day, this post will show how the work we do provides a contribution to achieving various articles of the Declaration.

Our Gold Standard carbon projects are designed such that they contribute to upwards of three Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More than 90% of targets in the SDGs are linked to human rights.

Safe water projects provide an excellent example of how direct contributions to various human rights can be made for communities in developing countries.

The projects support rural communities with no access to clean water sources. Communities either consume unsafe water, leading to higher incidences of water borne diseases, or purify their water by boiling over open fires; with fuel wood being the main source of energy for this.

Households often have to travel for hours to collect water resulting in time poverty. This is especially an issue for women and children who are often responsible for collection. Safe water projects rehabilitate broken down boreholes in communities and provide ready access to clean water.

As a result, people have more time available with which to pursue other activities. This translates to more time spent studying, or simply enjoying childhood, for example. Or, for adults, it could mean pursuing other income-generating activities or spending more time with family.

Using a borehole
Using a rehabilitated borehole

The Right to Education and the Right to Rest and Leisure are just two articles within the UN’s Universal Declaration. Our safe water project benefits show how reducing time poverty can contribute to ensuring communities have access to international human rights such as these.

For more information about our projects, simply follow the link here.