The Right to a Healthy Environment

Revitalizing Canada's Constitution

David R. Boyd

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  • Published: February 2013
  • Subject Listing: Environmental Studies, Law
  • Bibliographic information: 336 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

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 industrialized world’s worst environmental records. Building on his previous book, The Environmental Rights Revolution, David R. Boyd 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. This important and provocative book provides a road map to protect human health, the well-being of the planet, and the interests of future generations.

Dr. David R. Boyd is one of Canada’s leading experts in environmental law and policy and an adjunct professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University.

"Fantastic and timely! With the Harper Government’s dismantling of environmental protection and abandonment of the Kyoto Protocol, David Boyd’s book could not come at a more critical time. If environmental rights were safeguarded in our constitution, Canada’s natural world would be less open to the political whims and ideologies of changing governments. This is a very important book that points the way to an environmentally secure future." - Maude Barlow, Chairperson of the Council of Canadians