A Good War: mobilizing Canada for the climate emergency

  • January 15, 2024
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom virtual lecture

Seth Klein

A social activist for over 40 years, Seth’s activism started as a high school student in the peace movement, and in the anti-racism movement while attending university.  Before returning to graduate school, he taught high school (economics and history) in Toronto, and grade 6/7 at a First Nations school on BC’s north coast.

Seth grew up in Montreal, holds a BA in international relations and a B.Ed from the University of Toronto.  He now lives in Vancouver and graduated with an MA in political science from Simon Fraser University.

Seth Klein is the Team Lead and Director of Strategy of the Climate Emergency Unit (a 5-year project of the David Suzuki Institute that Seth launched in early 2021). Prior to that, he served for 22 years (1996-2018) as the founding British Columbia Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a public policy research institute committed to social, economic and environmental justice.

He is the author of A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency (published by ECW press in 2020) and writes a regular column for Canada’s National Observer. He is an adjunct professor with Simon Fraser University’s Urban Studies program, an honorary research associate with the University of British Columbia’s School for Public Policy and Global Affairs, and remains a research associate with the CCPA’s BC Office.

A Good War: mobilizing Canada for the climate emergency

Seth Klein will explore how we can align our politics and economy with what the science says we must do to address the climate crisis. But Klein brings an original and uniquely hopeful take to this challenge. His 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 he delves 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.

This event is part of the Winter 2024 Speaker series. 

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