Unnatural Law: Rethinking Canadian Environmental Law and Policy (Law and Society)

Unnatural Law: Rethinking Canadian Environmental Law and Policy (Law and Society)

By: David R. Boyd (author)Hardback

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David Boyd's monumental work reveals the fatal weakness of the patchwork quilt of legislation that results because laws are invariably cobbled together when environmental crises are encountered rather than attempting to avoid such crises in advance.--David T. Suzuki, Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation, and award-winning scientist, environmentalist, and broadcasterDavid Boyd has laid bare the Myth of Canadian Environmental Superiority. His authoritative and remarkably complete survey demonstrates a near absence of environmental law, and reveals instead how our legal system is dominated by voluntary arrangements, patchwork regulation, and political expediency in the guise of environmental leadership. For all our sakes, read this book and help make the changes David Boyd prescribes.--Elizabeth May, environmentalist, writer, and lawyer, and Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada David Boyd deftly explores the differences and similarities between US and Canadian environmental laws with thorough clarity, authorial grace, and welcome concern.--Robert F. Kennedy Jr., founder and president of Waterkeeper Alliance, and senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense CouncilDavid Boyd has examined our condition, given us a diagnosis, and written a prescription for asustainable future. The doctor is in.--Thomas R. Berger, O.C., Q.C., one of Canada's best-known lawyers, and author of four critically acclaimed books While governments assert that Canada is a world leader in sustainability, Unnatural Law provides extensive evidence to refute this claim. A comprehensive assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of Canadian environmental law, the book provides a balanced, critical examination of Canada's record, focusing on laws and policies intended to protect water, air, land, and biodiversity. The struggle for a sustainable future is one of the most daunting challenges facing humanity in the twenty-first century. Unnatural Law prescribes the changes Canada must make in order to respond to the ecological imperative of living within the Earth's limits. Everyone -- academics, lawyers, students, policymakers, and concerned citizens -- interested in the health of the Canadian and global environments will find this book an invaluable source of information and insight.

About Author

David R. Boyd is an environmental lawyer, professor, and former executive director of the Sierra Legal Defence Fund. He is the editor of Northern Wild: Best Contemporary Canadian Nature Writing, and lives on Pender Island, BC.


Foreword by Thomas R. Berger, O.C., Q.C. Preface and Acknowledgments Acronyms Part One: Examination 1. Canada's Environmental Record 2. Water 2.1. Drinking Water 2.2. Water Pollution 2.3. Water Use and Conservation 2.4. Water Exports 3. Air 3.1. Ozone Depletion 3.2. Climate Change 3.3. Air Pollution 4. Land 4.1. Pesticide Regulation 4.2. Forest Management 4.3. Environmental Assessment 5. Biodiversity 5.1. Parks and Protected Areas 5.2. Endangered Species 5.3. Marine Biodiversity Part Two: Diagnosis 6. The Strengths and Weaknesses of Canadian Environmental Law and Policy 7. Reasons for Environmental Progress 8. Systemic Weaknesses 9. Obstacles to Further Progress 10. Root Causes of Environmental Degradation Part Three: Prescription 11. New Directions for Canadian Environmental Law and Policy 12. A New Role Model for Canada 13. Reducing Consumption 14. Population Growth and Sustainable Development 15. Conclusion Notes References Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780774810487
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 488
  • ID: 9780774810487
  • weight: 800
  • ISBN10: 0774810483

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