Nature’s Past – Episode 42: The Right to a Healthy Environment

Episode 42: The Right to a Healthy Environment, 17 March 2014 [34:41]
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Canadians value their natural environment. Nine out of ten worry about the impacts of environmental degradation on their health. Nine out of ten are concerned about climate change. Eight out of ten believe that Canada needs stricter environmental laws and regulations. And 95 percent of Canadians consider access to clean water a basic human right.

So, do Canadians actually have a constitutional right to live in a healthy environment? According to David Boyd, the answer is no (at least, not exactly), but he explains why they should in his new book The Right to a Healthy Environment: Revitalizing Canada’s Constitution.

On this episode of the podcast, we speak with David Boyd about Canadian environmental rights.righttohealthyenvironment

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Works Cited:

  • Sean Kheraj, Canadian History & Environment
  • Borrows, John. Canada’s Indigenous Constitution. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.
  • Boyd, David R. The Right to a Healthy Environment: Revitalizing Canada’s Constitution. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2012.

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Kheraj, Sean. “Episode 42: The Right to a Healthy Environment” Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast. 17 March 2014.

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Sean Kheraj is an associate professor in the Department of History at York University. He researches and teaches in the areas of environmental and Canadian history. In addition to being a co-editor of niche-canada.org, he is also the host and producer of Nature's Past, NiCHE's audio podcast series and he blogs at http://seankheraj.com.

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