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A Good War

Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency

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.

It’s 2020, and 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.

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Seth Klein

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 CCPA. He lives in Vancouver, B.C.

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In Chapter 1, Klein lays out the methodology of his thesis as he uses the history of Canada’s rapid and successful mobilization efforts in the Second World War as a road map to guide … 22 $2.20

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In Chapter 2, Klein examines the present day political, economic, and cultural barriers we face in our efforts to begin to meaningfully fight climate change and climate emergences. The chapter … 32 $3.20

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In Chapter 3, Klein examines the challenges the Canadian public face when trying to bring about climate action. Klein focuses on increasing widespread awareness through Public Education, … 40 $4.00

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In Chapter 4, Klein argues that through mobilization Canada could be able to confront and bring change to the present-day inequality many people face. Just as the Wartime Efforts during the … 18 $1.80

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In Chapter 5, Klein examines the challenges the federal government faces while trying to secure sufficient collaboration across the various levels of government to confront the climate crisis. … 24 $2.40

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In Chapter 6, Klein examines the practically of fundamentally retooling our entire economy by reexamining how it has been done before during the Second World War. Klein focuses much of this … 64 $6.40

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In Chapter 7, Klein examines the role of labour in the fight for climate action. Klein argues that through examining the mobilization of the labor and work force during and after the Second World … 36 $3.60

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In Chapter 8, Klein tackles the question of who will pay for it. In the chapter he explores how the financial backing was generated during the mobilized for the the Second World War and how we … 22 $2.20

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In Chapter 9, Klein explores the leadership and initiative coming from Indigenous communities across Canada to fight for climate action. Klein focuses the chapter through highlight the work of … 28 $2.80

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In Chapter 10, Klein shifts his focus from the political sphere to that of role of civil society primarily through social movements to bring change and mobilize the masses. Focusing on issues of … 16 $1.60

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In Chapter 11, Klein examines the risk of losing civil liberties through Wartime Measures Acts. Focuses on issues relating to Refugee and Immigration Laws in Canada, Canadian Aid to Other Parts … 22 $2.20

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In Chapter 12, Klein examines how we must transform our politics and our politicians, how we must vote for leaders who are willing to act and plan like Climate Change is an emergency. Klein … 28 $2.80

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In the Conclusion, Klein offers his final call to action, asking his readers to begin to take steps towards a Climate Mobilization Plan for Canada, bringing us all together and for our collective … 14 $1.40

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In the Epilogue, Klein shares his own reflections on the pandemic and the lessons we can learn from it regarding climate action and mobilization. 8 $0.80