A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency by Seth Klein Alberta book launch

October 5, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

In A Good War (ECW Press, 2020), Seth Klein explores how we can align our politics and economy with what science says we must do to address the climate crisis. But Klein brings an original and uniquely hopeful take to this challenge. The book is structured around lessons from the Second World War – the last time Canada faced an existential threat. Others have said we need a “wartime approach” to climate change, but this is the first book to delve into what that could actually look like. Canada’s wartime experience, Klein contends, provides an inspirational reminder that we have done this before. We have mobilized in common cause across class, race and gender, and entirely retooled our economy in the space of a few short years.

The evening will feature:

A talk by Seth Klein

Seth Klein served for 22 years as the founding director of the British Columbia office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). He is now a freelance policy consultant, speaker, researcher and writer and is an adjunct professor with Simon Fraser University’s Urban Studies program. He remains a research associate with the CCPA’s B.C. Office.

Panel discussion

  • Dr. Angele Alook is a proud member of Bigstone Cree Nation and professor of sociology at York University. She is a co-investigator with the Corporate Mapping Project, where she carried out research with Parkland Institute on Indigenous experiences in Alberta’s oil industry and its gendered impact on working families.
  • Danielle Fuechtmann is a climate justice organizer based in Edmonton and a graphic designer and textile artist. She runs ThreePointFive Design and Curious Fox Fibres.
  • Gil McGowan is the President of the Alberta Federation of Labour.

A musical performance by Gerald Wheatley and the Arusha Centre House Band.


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Sponsored by

Parkland Institute, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Corporate Mapping Project, ECW Press, David Suzuki Foundation, 350.org Canada, Climate Action Network Canada, The Council of Canadians, CUPW, Regeneration Society's Climate Leadership Program, the Arusha Centre, Calgary Climate Hub and Climate Justice Edmonton.