In Cleaner, Greener, Healthier, David R. Boyd sets out to remedy Canada’s environmental health problems. He begins by assessing the environmental burden of disease, identifies its unequal distribution, and estimates the associated economic costs. He then compares Canada’s environmental laws and policies with those in the US, Australia, and the EU, delivering a provocative diagnosis of the causes of Canada’s second-rate standards. Finally, he prescribes legal remedies that will enable Canada to catch up with the world’s environmental leaders while delivering substantial health and economic benefits.
About the author
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. He has advised the governments of Canada, Sweden, and Iceland on environmental and constitutional issues and is the co-chair of 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 and the Environment, the Forum for Leadership on Water, and the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW).
David Boyd is the author of several bestselling and award-winning books as well as more than a hundred publications related to environmental law and policy, including Unnatural Law: Rethinking Canadian Environmental Law and Policy and The Right to a Healthy Environment: Revitalizing Canada's Constitution. His current research focuses on the effects of enshrining environmental rights and responsibilities in national constitutions.
Boyd does not disappoint in delivering another sweeping, well-researched interdisciplinary overview of the difficult challenge of linking environmental regulation to health in Canada. He makes a compelling case for law reform and, along the way, documents emerging and less well-known areas of environmental harm, such as intergenerational health impacts and the mental health benefits of nature.
Other titles by David R. Boyd
Thirst for Justice
The Rights of Nature
A Legal Revolution That Could Save the World
The Optimistic Environmentalist
Progressing Towards a Greener Future
The Right to a Healthy Environment
Revitalizing Canada's Constitution
The Environmental Rights Revolution
A Global Study of Constitutions, Human Rights, and the Environment
Dodging the Toxic Bullet
How to Protect Yourself from Everyday Environmental Health Hazards
David Suzuki's Green Guide
Rethinking Canadian Environmental Law and Policy
Best Contemporary Canadian Nature Writing