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Author/broadcaster examines the evolution of green rights

by Mark Sabourin
EcoLog, 1/11/2019 9:59:00 AM

Canada is one of only 16 countries that do not recognize environmental rights, says noted author and broadcaster Silver Donald Cameron. In his capacity as an academic (PhD, University of London, founding Dean of the School of Community Studies at Cape Breton University), Cameron is now offering a unique course at the Cape Breton University that examines how those rights are being enforced around the world, and at the movement to have them adopted here.

Green Rights: The Human Right to a Healthy World is being offered as part of the university’s political science program. The course features stories from Cameron’s documentary film Green Rights and the companion book Warrior Lawyers and interviews from www.TheGreenInterview.com, an ongoing series of interviews with global thinkers on topics of sustainability launched in 2009.

The course examines how several countries define air, water and food as a human right, and the resistance in Canada and the United States to do the same. It also examines how organizations around the world are using the courts to establish or enforce green rights.

In addition to Cameron, the course features Stepan Wood of the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia (UBC), who draws upon the online material in his concurrent UBC seminar, “Green Rights and Warrior Lawyers.” The course will also include real-time “virtual visits” by several of the trailblazing lawyers being studied.

The course may be taken onsite or online. Learn more here.

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