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August 1, 2003
9780774810487
English
notes, index
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$107.00 USD
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Paperback / softback
August 1, 2003
9780774810494
English
notes, index
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v2.1 Reference

Unnatural Law

Rethinking Canadian Environmental Law and Policy

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.

Three decades of environmental laws have produced progress in a number of important areas, such as ozone depletion, protected areas, and some kinds of air and water pollution. However, Canada’s overall record remains poor. In this vital and timely study, David Boyd explores the reasons why some laws and policies foster progress while others fail. He ultimately concludes that the root cause of environmental degradation in industrialized nations is excessive consumption of resources. Unnatural Law outlines the innovative changes in laws and policies that Canada must implement in order to respond to the ecological imperative of living within the Earth’s limits.

The struggle for a sustainable future is one of the most daunting challenges facing humanity in the twenty-first century. Everyone – academics, lawyers, students, policy-makers, and concerned citizens – interested in the health of the Canadian and global environments will find Unnatural Law an invaluable source of information and insight.

Reviews

"Environmental lawyer David Boyd has produced an impressive, accessibleoverview of the current state of environmental law and policy in Canada,framed as a call to action .. It is the first text in a decade to give the lay of the land on environmental policy in Canada and it does an impressive job .. This book is a strong primer on Canadian environmental policy and it would make an excellent text for undergraduate courses on the subject."—Alternatives Journal

"Unnatural Law is one of the most significant books on Canadian environmental law ever published, and it will likely become the standard reference work in this subject for the next decade .. Unnatural Law is a meticulously researched, informative and persuasive work. It combines careful attention to detail with an infallible eye for the big picture. The gift of this book is that whilst documenting a litany of failures, it also is forward-thinking and optimistic about how the system can adapt to changing demands and values. Unnatural Law sets a new standardfor scholarship on Canadian environmental law."—The Journal of Environmental Law and Practice

"The comprehensiveness of this book is mind-boggling .. this book presents a fantastic resource for all Canadians, including both battle-scarred environmental lawyers and those newly discovering the poor state of Canada's environmental laws and policies."—The Legal Eye

Endorsements

"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 . . . . He reminds us that as biological creatures, we require clean air, water, soil, energy, and biodiversity and once that is acknowledged, the path of legislation is obvious: to protect those needs for all life above anything else. That would be legislation for genuine sustainability.""—Dr. David Suzuki
UBC Press

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