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A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency

A virtual event with Seth Klein

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Hosted by the Bookmark and Council of Canadians PEI - with Julie Pellissier-Lush, Seth Klein, Todd MacLean, Stephanie Arnold, Sweta Daboo and Colin Jeffrey.

Bookmark, Charlottetown’s locally owned, independent bookshop in partnership with the PEI Chapter of the Council of Canadians is very pleased to host a virtual event with Seth Klein, author of A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency on Thursday, September 23rd at 7 PM. This event is free but registration is required at Copies of A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency are available for sale at Bookmark and come with a complimentary bookplate signed by the author.

The evening will feature a Mi’kmaq opening ceremony by Julie Pellissier-Lush; special music composed for the event by PEI musician and climate activist, Todd MacLean; a moderated Q&A with Seth Klein, audience Q&A and a panel discussion featuring local PEI community members Stephanie Arnold, Sweta Daboo and Colin Jeffery. Todd MacLean will also host and moderate the event.

“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 of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine said about Seth 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% 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.


Seth Klein was the founding British Columbia director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives 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

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