The Role of Faith Institutions in Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency

Seth Klein with worship associate Casey Stainsby – 

How can we align our politics and economy with what the science says we must do to address the climate crisis? 

Seth Klein brings an original and uniquely hopeful take to this challenge. His book A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency 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. 

He  introduces the framework he now employs with the Climate Emergency Unit, using the “4 Markers of Emergency Mode” – and talks about how faith institutions can use this framework for action.

Seth Klein served for 22 years (1996-2018) as the founding B.C. Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a public policy research institute committed to social, economic and environmental justice. He is now 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).

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