Green Rights: The Human Right to a Healthy World
Date and Time:
Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 12:30pm to Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 2:00pm
If you're a Canadian (or an American) you don't have right to a clean breath of air, or a drink of pure water. Your body contains a pound of plastic and traces of 700 toxic chemicals – and you can’t sue the polluters responsible. But elsewhere -- in more than 180 of the UN’s 193 member nations – citizens actually do have a legal right to a healthy environment, and they make dramatic and effective use of that right.
The course features stories from Dr. Cameron’s award-winning documentary film Green Rights and the companion book Warrior Lawyers and interviews from www.TheGreenInterview.com. In Ecuador, New Zealand and the Philippines, in Argentina, India, Colombia and the Netherlands, citizens are winning big battles against corporate polluters and complacent governments by flexing their environmental rights.
Dr. Stepan Wood of the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia will be participating, using the online material in his concurrent UBC seminar, Green Rights and Warrior Lawyers. A unique feature is real-time “virtual visits” by several of the trailblazing lawyers being studied. “It's like having Václav Havel and Virginia Woolf visit a class on modern literature,” says Dr. Cameron.
The course is aimed at environmental educators, journalists and activists as well as practising lawyers, public servants and sustainability professionals.
This “3-C” course can be taken for Credit (on-site), for a Certificate (online) or just out of Curiosity (also online, and free). To watch the video trailer, click here. For more detail, visit the CBU website, here – and that’s also where anyone, anywhere, can enroll.
Silver Donald Cameron