The Right to a Healthy Environment: Revitalizing Canada's Constitution

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The Right to a Healthy Environment: Revitalizing Canada's Constitution

Format:  Paperback,

306 pages

Publisher: Univ of British Columbia Pr

Publish Date: Mar 2013

ISBN-13: 9780774824132

ISBN-10: 0774824131

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Canada has abundant natural wealth - beautiful landscapes, vast forests, and thousands of rivers and lakes. The land definesCanadians as a people, yet the country has one of the worstenvironmental records in the industrialized world.

Building on his previous book, "The Environmental RightsRevolution" (2012), David R. Boyd, one of Canada's leadingenvironmental lawyers, describes how recognizing the constitutionalright to a healthy environment could have a transformative impact byempowering citizens, holding governments and industry accountable, andimproving Canada's green record. The overwhelming majority of theworld's nations now recognize the right to a healthy environmentthrough laws, constitutions, treaties, or court decisions. Boydexplores Canada's history of failed efforts to do the same withinthis international context and evaluates three pathways toconstitutional recognition of the right to a healthy environment."The Right to a Healthy Environment" makes the case thatconstitutional recognition of environmental rights and responsibilitieswould both reflect and reinforce Canadian values, much as the Charterof Rights and Freedoms confirmed and enhanced our commitment toequality.This important, provocative book provides a blueprint renewedleadership in protecting human health, the well-being of the planet, and the interests of future generations.

Dr. David R. Boyd is one of Canada's leadingexperts in environmental law and policy and an adjunct professor in theSchool of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon FraserUniversity. He has advised the governments of Canada, Sweden, andIceland on environmental and constitutional issues and is the co-chairof Vancouver's Greenest City Action Team along with Mayor GregorRobertson. He is a member of the IUCN's Commission onEnvironmental Law, the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights andthe Environment, the Forum for Leadership on Water, and theEnvironmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW).

David Boyd is the author of several bestselling and award-winningbooks as well as more than a hundred publications related toenvironmental law and policy, including "Unnatural Law: Rethinking Canadian Environmental Law and Policy." His currentresearch focuses on the effects of enshrining environmental rights andresponsibilities in national constitutions.

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Publisher: Univ of British Columbia Pr
Publish Date: Mar 2013
ISBN-13: 9780774824132
ISBN-10: 0774824131
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 306
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.1
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.0 x 1.0

Chapter outline

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Canada Needs Constitutional Environmental Rights
The Pros and Cons of the Right to a Healthy Environment
The History of Environmental Rights in Canada
Green Constitutions in Other Countries
Lessons Learned: Implementing Environmental Rights and Responsibilities
International Law and Environmental Rights
What Difference Would the Right to a Healthy Environment Make in Canada?
Pathways for Greening Canada's Constitution
Prospects for Change
Appendices
Environmental Protection Provisions in National Constitutions
France's Charter for the Environment (2005)
Environmental Cases and Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Notes
References
Index

Book description

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 worstenvironmental records in the industrialized world.

Building on his previous book, The Environmental RightsRevolution (2012), David R. Boyd, one of Canada's leadingenvironmental lawyers, describes how recognizing the constitutionalright to a healthy environment could have a transformative impact byempowering citizens, holding governments and industry accountable, andimproving Canada's green record. The overwhelming majority of theworld's nations now recognize the right to a healthy environmentthrough laws, constitutions, treaties, or court decisions. Boydexplores Canada's history of failed efforts to do the same withinthis international context and evaluates three pathways toconstitutional recognition of the right to a healthy environment. The Right to a Healthy Environment makes the case thatconstitutional recognition of environmental rights and responsibilitieswould both reflect and reinforce Canadian values, much as the Charter of Rights and Freedoms confirmed and enhanced our commitment toequality.

This important, provocative book provides a blueprint renewedleadership in protecting human health, the well-being of the planet, and the interests of future generations.

Dr. David R. Boyd is one of Canada's leadingexperts in environmental law and policy and an adjunct professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. He has advised the governments of Canada, Sweden, and Iceland on environmental and constitutional issues and is the co-chairof Vancouver's Greenest City Action Team along with Mayor Gregor Robertson. He is a member of the IUCN's Commission on Environmental Law, the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights andthe Environment, the Forum for Leadership on Water, and the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW).

David Boyd is the author of several bestselling and award-winningbooks as well as more than a hundred publications related toenvironmental law and policy, including Unnatural Law: Rethinking Canadian Environmental Law and Policy. His currentresearch focuses on the effects of enshrining environmental rights andresponsibilities in national constitutions.

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