Human Rights and the Environment: Are Human Rights only about Humans?

This event has now concluded. Thank you to those who attended. A recording can be found below.


This session will focus on the relationship between human rights and the environment. Are human rights only about humans? How can we use human rights to improve our environment? Dr. David Boyd will present how we can harness the power of human rights to improve our environment. Other questions that will be addressed include:

  • What is the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment?
  • How can human rights be used to catalyze action and hold governments and businesses accountable for environmental injustice?
  • How can we exercise the right to a healthy environment and contribute to lobbying governments for more environmental protection and regulation?
  • What are the gaps that still persist in Canadian laws, policies and institutions in terms of realizing the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment?

This event is the third in a series of events organized by the UBC Human Rights Research & Seminar series on Challenging Human Rights Stereotypes. The event is being featured as a part of UBC’s Climate Emergency Week – more events, workshops, and activities can be found here.


About the Speaker

Dr. David R. Boyd is an Associate Professor of Law, Policy and Sustainability, IRES and an environmental lawyer and internationally renowned expert on human rights and the environment. He was appointed as the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment and has presented six reports to the UN Human Rights Council explaining that a healthy environment includes clean air, a safe climate, a healthy biosphere, sufficient access to water, sustainable food and a non-toxic unpolluted environment.



Event Recording