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The Right to a Healthy Environment

Revitalizing Canada’s Constitution

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 (2012), 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.

336 pages

Law and Society

Table of Contents


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





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