Despite Canada’s enduring image as a natural paradise, every year thousands of Canadians become ill or die prematurely as a result of exposure to environmental hazards. Canadians understand that their health is inextricably linked to the health of the environment and are deeply concerned about the impacts of toxic substances on themselves and their children.
In Cleaner, Greener, Healthier, David R. Boyd sets out to expose and remedy Canada’s environmental health problems. He begins by assessing the environmental burden of disease, identifies its unequal distribution along racial and socio-economic lines, and estimates the associated economic costs. He then compares Canadian environmental laws and policies with those in the United States, Australia, and the European Union, leading to a provocative diagnosis of the root causes of Canada’s second-rate standards. Finally, drawing on strategies that protect citizens in other countries, Boyd prescribes legal remedies that will enable Canada to catch up with the world’s environmental leaders while delivering substantial health and economic benefits.
This book demonstrates how strengthening environmental policies governing air and water pollution, hazardous substances, pesticides, climate change, and biodiversity will extend lives, prevent illnesses, and save Canada billions of dollars in unnecessary health care spending.
Cleaner, Greener, Healthier is essential reading for policymakers, lawyers, academics, students, and concerned Canadians.
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.
This important book addresses the political failures of governments to adequately protect Canadians from environmental harm and to create more health-enhancing environments. More importantly, it shows how we can – and must – change this, using all available political, legal and economic tools to create a cleaner, greener and healthier future for us all.
Most of us intuitively know that our health is intimately intertwined with the health of the environment, but this is the first book to capture the myriad ways that environmental hazards impact the health of Canadians. David Boyd also offers a comprehensive and far-reaching blueprint to prevent environmentally induced death, disease, and disability and to slow runaway growth in health care expenditures.
David Boyd’s remarkably insightful book reveals our government’s abdication of its responsibility to protect human health from environmental threats. He demonstrates how badly Canada’s rules for air, water, food, toxic substances, climate change, and biodiversity lag behind those of other wealthy nations. Drawing on global best practices, Boyd lays out a compelling blueprint for enabling Canada to catch up with world leaders in environmental health.
David Boyd has once again made a monumental contribution to the scholarship of Canadian environmental law. Only rarely can it be said that a book could actually save lives; this one can. If we adopt the very reasonable approaches suggested by Professor Boyd, we will indeed create healthier Canadians both now and in the future. A must-read for all Canadians.
In this comprehensive and readable survey David Boyd catalogues the many hazardous substances that we encounter in our environment and highlights how Canada lags far behind other developed countries with respect to regulation of many exposures. Boyd not only diagnoses the problem, he provides a scientifically robust prescription for treating it. This is a must-read for policy makers at all levels of government and for all Canadians who care about the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat.
David Boyd’s latest book provides a sobering assessment of Canada’s current legal framework for environmental protection and a thoughtful prescription on what can be done to improve it. An excellent read for anyone with an interest in environmental health, policy and regulation.
This book must be put in every politician’s hands. For years, David Boyd has built a very robust diagnosis of Canada’s environmental problems. Now, through this appealing and very positive book, Boyd provides the next step: a powerful prescription for achieving a healthy environment.
Want to save thousands of lives, billions of dollars in health costs, and have a cleaner environment? Then read this book. With meticulous research and superb writing, David Boyd paints a powerful policy roadmap for making Canada healthy, wealthy and wise – if we take his advice.
David Boyd’s book is a scathing indictment of Canada’s failure to protect the air, water, soil, and ecosystems that our health and wellbeing depend on. But Boyd also provides a clear and convincing set of recommendations for smarter environmental policies that could save thousands of lives and billions of dollars every year. If politicians and policymakers adopted Boyd’s advice, Canada would be a much cleaner, greener, healthier country.
Boyd asks exactly the right questions and comes to the sad conclusion that Canada’s environmental laws are far weaker than those of other countries. But he’s ultimately optimistic: if government exerted some political will, most environmental threats to our health could be eliminated.
Part 1: Examination – The Surprising Magnitude of Environmental Health Problems in Canada
1 A Neglected but Vital Issue
2 Environmental Influences on Human Health
3 The Environmental Burden of Disease
4 Environmental Injustices
5 The Economic Costs of the Environmental Burden of Disease
Part 2: Diagnosis – Inadequate Environmental Health Laws and Policies
6 Environmental Health Law and Policy: The Big Picture
7 A Comparative Analysis of Environmental Health Laws and Policies
8 Canada’s Failure to Make Polluters Pay
9 Why Does Canada Lag Behind?
Part 3: Prescription – Catching Up with Environmental Health Leaders
10 A Preventive and Precautionary Approach
11 Systemic Changes in Pursuit of Sustainability
12 The Time for Action Is Now
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