Air, water, food – these are the sources of life. Without them, we die. And in most nations -- more than 180 countries, in fact - citizens are legally entitled to these essential elements of life. In some countries, Mother Nature herself has legal rights. But not in Canada or the United States.
In Warrior Lawyers, courageous and dedicated lawyers from nine countries tell their own stories of trail-blazing lawsuits that have transformed nations and changed history.
Impoverished Argentinians win a multi-billion-dollar cleanup of the Riachuelo River in Buenos Aires. An innovative foundation forces the Dutch government to take dramatic action on climate change. Ecuadorian natives and peasants defeat mighty Chevron in a $9.5 billion action for fouling the Amazon rain forest. The Supreme Court of the Philippines asserts the rights of future generations to a healthy, bountiful world.
Behind these victories is a set of dedicated lawyers whose true client is the Earth herself. Warrior Lawyers includes 15 extended interviews with lawyers from five continents, and Silver Donald Cameron contributes a long essay discussing the importance of these lawyers and their work -- and the opportunities that environmental rights offer to both Canadians and Americans. The author of 17 previous books, Cameron is host and executive producer of the companion documentary film Green Rights: The Human Right to a Healthy World, (www.GreenRIghts.com ), in which many of the warrior lawyers also appear. This full-length film is produced and directed by Chris Beckett. Cameron and Beckett also operate the subscription web site, www.TheGreenInterview.com, where full-length original versions of these interviews are posted, along with dozens of others, in video and audio as well as text,
“A powerful read for anyone who cares about our planet.”
Robin R. Milam, Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature
"Moving, terrifying, inspirational - these stories stand as a beacon of hope in our troubled world."
Maude Barlow, The Council of Canadians
"Intriguing and inspiring -- Cameron, a green warrior himself, and a great story-teller, deftly writes of legal battles won and those to come."
Maggie Siggins, Governor-General's Award-winning author of Revenge of the Land
About the Author
Silver Donald Cameron is one of Canada's most versatile and experienced professional authors. He is currently the host and executive producer of TheGreenInterview.com, an environmental website devoted to intense, in-depth conversations with the brilliant thinkers and activists who are leading the way to a green, sustainable future. Partnerships with Gale Cengage Learning, Kanopy Streaming, BiblioLabs, Films on Demand and McIntyre Media make The Green Interviews available in libraries and educational institutions worldwide. Dr. Cameron is also the writer and narrator of The Green Interview's four special documentary presentations: Bhutan: The Pursuit of Gross National Happiness (2010), The Celtic Mass for the Sea (2012), Salmon Wars: Salmon Farms, Wild Fish and the Future of Communities (2012) and Defenders of the Dawn: Green Rights in the Maritimes (CBC, 2015). His literary work includes plays, films, radio and TV scripts, innumerable magazine articles and 17 books, including two novels. He has been a columnist for The Globe and Mail and the Halifax Sunday Herald. Recent books include Sailing Away from Winter: A Cruise from Nova Scotia to Florida and Beyond, and A Million Futures: The Remarkable Legacy of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation. His classic book on shorelines, The Living Beach (1998), was re-issued in 2014. Silver Donald has been Writer-in-Residence at three universities, and has served on numerous Canada Council juries. He has also done contract writing for four federal government departments, five provincial departments, important corporations and charitable foundations. His volunteer work includes several terms on the executive of the Writers Union of Canada, of which he was recently Treasurer. Silver Donald holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia, an M.A. from the University of California, and a Ph.D. from the University of London, England. He has taught at Dalhousie University, the University of British Columbia, the University of New Brunswick, and the Banff Centre, and served as the first Dean of the School of Community Studies at Cape Breton University. He has received an honorary Doctor of Civil Law degree from the University of Kings College, and a D.Litt. From Cape Breton University. In 2012 he was named a Member of the Order of Canada and also a Member of the Order of Nova Scotia. Silver Donald Cameron is married to Marjorie Simmins, also an award-winning writer.