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St. Hilda’s Green Forum presents: Mobilizing for the Climate Emergency—The Role of Faith Group


This free event—which is part of St. Hilda’s Green Forum fall speaker series—is based on Klein’s seminal book, A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency (ECW Press, 2020), which explores how we can align our politics and economy with what the science says we must do to address the climate crisis. But Klein brings an original and uniquely hopeful take to this challenge. 

A Good War 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. Klein’s talk will examine how faith groups can also mobilize their efforts and align their principles to make a difference.  

Seth Klein is the Team Lead and Director of Strategy with the Climate Emergency Unit. Prior to that, he served for 22 years as the founding director of the British Columbia office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), Canada’s foremost social justice think tank. He is now a freelance policy consultant, speaker, researcher and writer, and author. Klein is a columnist with the National Observer, an adjunct professor with Simon Fraser University’s Urban Studies program, and remains a research associate with the CCPA’s BC Office.

The Green Forum series, which takes place on Zoom and at St. Hilda’s Church at 5838 Barnacle Street in Sechelt, creates opportunities for discussion of environmental issues and how individuals and communities can take effective action. For more information about the event, to receive a Zoom link, or to learn about upcoming Green Forum events, email