Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 17:00

Tue, January 26, 2021 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM ALLARD HALL (FACULTY OF LAW). FREE. What can our governments do to address the impacts of the global environmental crisis on our lives?

Join us for a virtual public talk by Dr. David R. Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur, on the urgent need for the legal recognition and implementation of the human right to a healthy environment. While already recognized in the majority of countries, this right is not yet protected by national laws in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom or Japan. These countries are home to many environmentally damaging industries and are key contributors to the climate emergency, with effects that transcend domestic and international borders. Existing environmental laws are inadequate to effectively protect human and environmental health, highlighting the need for the right to a healthy environment to serve as a catalyst for rapid, systemic and transformative changes.

Opening remarks will be made by Annamie Paul, leader of the Green Party of Canada, and Dr. Boyd will be introduced by Dr. David Suzuki, scientist and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation.

Please visit our website for more information, and contact cle@allard.ubc.ca if you have any questions.