The Right to a Healthy Environment: Revitalizing Canada's Constitution
Law and Society
Published by: UBC Press
Imprint: UBC Press
Sales Date: 2012-12-11
Published: December 2012
Imprint: UBC Press
Series: Law and Society
Page Count: 336 Pages
Illustrations: 3 maps, 10 tables
Dimensions: 6.02 x 9.02
336 Pages, 6.02 x 9.02 x 0.80 in, 3 maps, 10 tables
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Canada has abundant natural wealth -- beautiful landscapes, vast forests, and thousands of rivers and lakes. The land defines Canadians as a people, yet the country has one of the worst environmental records in the industrialized world.
Building on his previous book, The Environmental Rights Revolution (2012), David R. Boyd, one of Canada’s leading environmental lawyers, describes how recognizing the constitutional right to a healthy environment could have a transformative impact by empowering citizens, holding governments and industry accountable, and improving Canada’s green record. The overwhelming majority of the world’s nations now recognize environmental rights through laws, constitutions, treaties, or court decisions. Boyd explores Canada’s history of failed efforts to do the same within this international context and offers three pathways to constitutional recognition of the right to a healthy environment.
This important and provocative book provides a blueprint for renewed leadership in protecting human health, the well-being of the planet, and the interests of future generations.
1 Canada Needs Constitutional Environmental Rights
2 The Pros and Cons of the Right to a Healthy Environment
3 The History of Environmental Rights in Canada
4 Green Constitutions in Other Countries
5 Lessons Learned: Implementing Environmental Rights and Responsibilities
6 International Law and Environmental Rights
7 What Difference Would the Right to a Healthy Environment Make in Canada?
8 Pathways for Greening Canada’s Constitution
9 Prospects for Change
The Right to a Healthy Environment is a comprehensive, meticulously researched and brilliantly organized analysis that will strengthen scholars, politicians, and activists alike. It is a clarion call to action in a war against our most terrible enemies, our own lethargy, short-sightedness, and complicity in the destruction of the nature we profess to revere. Elizabeth Abbott, International Journal of Environmental Studies, June 2013