David Boyd on Daring to Be Optimistic

Hello everyone!

Today Joanna Fensome and Mitch Hulse sit down with Dr David Boyd on his 2015 book The Optimistic Environmentalist: Progressing Toward a Greener Future, which from his experience as an environmental lawyer discusses why there is optimism in climate change policy. He shares some tidbits about the exponential growth of the renewable energy industry and the incredible comeback of species from the brink of extinction.

Dr Boyd is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Resources, Environment, Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. An internationally-renowned expert on human rights and the environment, his primary focus is on identifying laws and policies that will accelerate the transition to an ecologically sustainable and just future, both in Canada and across the world. Dr Boyd currently serves as the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment.


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