Seth Klein [Josh Berson]

Mobilizing for climate emergency

Free virtual event with author Seth Klein

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Bookmark, Charlottetown’s locally owned, independent bookshop in partnership with the PEI Chapter of the Council of Canadians will host a virtual event with Seth Klein, author of A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency on September 23 at 7 pm.

The evening will feature a traditional Mi’kmaq welcome by Julie Pellissier-Lush; special music composed for the event by PEI musician and climate activist, Todd MacLean; a moderated Q&A with Klein, audience Q&A, and a panel discussion featuring PEI climate stakeholders from our youth and Indigenous communities.

“Given the dire UN climate panel report that was recently released, we believe there will be significant interest in our event and we hope that it will be a catalyst to propel PEI’s politicians and policymakers to ensure PEI’s climate emergency response is timely and complete,” says Council of Canadians co-sponsor, Jane Farquharson.

Naomi Klein, activist and New York Times bestselling author said about Klein’s book, “This is the roadmap out of climate crisis that Canadians have been waiting for.”

Canada needs to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent to prevent a catastrophic 1.5 degree increase in the earth’s average temperature—assumed by many scientists to be a critical “danger line” for the planet and human life as we know it.

Canada is not on track to meet our targets. To do so, we’ll need radical systemic change to how we live and work—and fast. How can we ever achieve this? Top policy analyst and author Seth Klein reveals we can do it now because we’ve done it before. During the Second World War, Canadian citizens and government remade the economy by retooling factories, transforming their workforce, and making the war effort a common cause for all Canadians to contribute to. Klein demonstrates how wartime thinking and community efforts can be repurposed today for Canada’s own Green New Deal. He shares how we can create jobs and reduce inequality while tackling our climate obligations for a climate neutral—or even climate zero—future. From enlisting broad public support for new economic models, to job creation through investment in green infrastructure, Klein shows us a bold, practical policy plan for Canada’s sustainable future. More than this: A Good War offers a remarkably hopeful message for how we can meet the defining challenge of our lives.

COVID-19 has brought a previously unthinkable pace of change to the world—one which demonstrates our ability to adapt rapidly when we’re at risk. Many recent changes are what Klein proposes in these very pages. The world can, actually, turn on a dime if necessary. This is the blueprint for how to do it.

Klein was the founding British Columbia director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) for over two decades and has been immersed in climate change and inequality issues for his working life. He is currently an adjunct professor in urban studies at Simon Fraser University and remains a research associate with the CCPA. He lives in Vancouver, BC.

The event is free, visit the event page at for ticket details. A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency is available for sale at Bookmark and come with a complimentary bookplate signed by the author.

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