A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency

Book, 2020, 434 pp
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This was the featured book in Mennonite Church Canada's 2022 study,
"Creator's Call in a Climate Emergency."

See "Webinar" link above for recorded sessions with
Seth Klein, Sara Augustine, Jen Gobby, Eriel Deranger & Leah Gazan.

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  • One of Canada's top policy analysts provides the first full-scale blueprint for meeting our climate change commitments
  • Contains the results of a national poll on Canadians' attitudes to the climate crisis
  • Shows that radical transformative climate action can be done, while producing jobs and reducing inequality as we retool how we live and work.
  • Deeply researched and targeted specifically to Canada and Canadians while providing a model that other countries could follow

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.

This resource is part of the Together in Hope: Toward Faith-Based Intergenerational Dialogue and Action in the Climate Crisis collection.

How to ramp up resources to tackle climate change from a whole society perspective.

Recommended use: This is a great book to spark conversation and action - the solutions are large-scale and the invitation is broad. Recommended for book study in community.

Recommended audience: young adults adults

Difficulty level: This resource is more of a deep dive into the topic.

"This is the roadmap out of climate crisis that Canadians have been waiting for." -- Naomi Klein, activist and New York Times bestselling author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine

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