Seth Klein’s new book, A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency, starts from the premise that our politics and economy require dramatic changes to mount an appropriate response to our global climate emergency -- and that it’s been done before. Klein argues that what Canada achieved during the Second World War, when our country faced a different kind of existential threat, shows what might be accomplished if our nation took an equally urgent “wartime approach” to fighting climate change. What did the marshaling of all our economic and human resources look like then, and what might it look like today? What kind of leadership did it require, and how was public support secured? What did we do for returning soldiers, and are there lessons for a just transition for fossil fuel workers today? What was then and is now the role of Indigenous people and youth? And what are the war’s cautionary tales, that we do not wish to repeat?
In this Fair Vote webinar, Seth will discuss the political obstacles that have undermined concerted action since scientists first warned of the climate crisis close to 40 years ago. What do our First-Past-The-Post electoral practices and political institutions have to do with our collective failure to curb carbon emissions? What role might proportional representation play in producing climate solutions? Join us for this webinar and find out.
Seth Klein’s A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency was published in September 2020. Seth is a freelance writer, speaker, policy consultant, and adjunct professor with Simon Fraser University’s Urban Studies program. He served for 22 years as a founding Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and is a board member of Dogwood, BC’s largest nonpartisan citizen network. An activist for over 30 years, Seth lives in East Vancouver with his partner and two children.
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