The Optimistic Environmentalist

The Optimistic Environmentalist

by David Boyd
  • academic
  • environmentalism
  • history-politics-current-affairs
  • science
A hopeful, inspiring, and honest take on the environment. Yes, the world faces substantial environmental challenges — climate change, pollution, and extinction. But the surprisingly good news is that we have solutions to these problems. In the past 50 years, a remarkable number of environmental problems have been solved, while substantial progress is ongoing on others. The Optimistic Environmentalist chronicles these remarkable success stories. Endangered species — from bald eagles to gray whales — pulled back from the precipice of extinction. Thousands of new parks, protecting billions of hectares of land and water. The salvation of the ozone layer, vital to life on Earth. The exponential growth of renewable energy powered by wind, water, and sun. The race to be the greenest city in the world. Remarkable strides in cleaning up the air we breathe and the water we drink. The banning of dozens of the world’s most toxic chemicals. A circular economy where waste is a thing of the past. Past successes pave the way for even greater achievements in the future. Providing a powerful antidote to environmental despair, this book inspires optimism, leading readers to take action and exemplifying how change can happen. A bright green future is not only possible, it’s within our grasp.


David Boyd, author

David R. Boyd is an environmental lawyer, professor, and advocate for recognition of the right to live in a healthy environment. Boyd is the award-winning author of seven books and more than 100 articles and currently co-chairs Vancouver’s Greenest City initiative with Mayor Gregor Robertson. He lives on Pender Island, B.C. For more information, visit


  • Far from intimidating, his vision is electrifying and inspiring. . . This solidly researched and informative book is also a pleasure to read, especially in a world where bad news often drowns out the good. - Publishers Weekly
  • Boyd offers hope and inspiration with "The Optimistic Environmentalist", outlining progress that has been and is being made on the environmental front. - David Suzuki Foundation Newsletter
  • Is there hope for the future? Yes, as David Boyd brilliantly demonstrates, because of the energy and commitment of people who know the problems and take action to solve them. And because of the power of the human brain for good when it is in harmony with the human heart. - Jane Goodall

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: ECW Press



rights sold: French (World)

rights available: World

Additional Information

number of pages: 248

publication date: 08/15/2015

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book