Canada is finally coming to terms with global warming and the need for action by governments, corporations, and the public. With the federal government out of denial, provinces recognizing the need for action, multinational companies jockeying for praise as environmental stewards, and ordinary Canadians more willing than ever to reduce their carbon footprint, Canada is joining the ranks of countries that are tackling global warming. This commitment may well be strong enough to withstand pressure to abandon action plans and fight against the path of the Trump administration.
In this book, long-time environmentalist and activist Tony Clarke provides the background and analysis of the challenging situation Canada faces. He documents the key initiatives that are moving Canada towards a low-carbon future, as well as pointing to the contradictions between these measures and government decisions that enable the oil industry's business-as-usual approach.
As a participant in events surrounding the 2015 Paris climate summit and as a critic of Alberta's heedless oil sands expansion in his book Tar Sands Showdown, Tony Clarke combines a deep understanding of environmental issues with knowledge of Canada's economic and political structure. He champions the role of ordinary citizens in environmental issues, and considers citizen action to be key in determining how effective Canada's response is to global warming. He also points to the many initiatives from startup companies, environmental groups, and individuals focused on getting Canada closer to zero emissions.
TONY CLARKE is the founder and director of the Polaris Institute in Ottawa, an organization dedicated to developing tools and strategies for civic action on major public policy issues, including energy security, water rights, and free trade. He holds a doctorate from the University of Chicago and is the recipient of Sweden's Right Livelihood Award, the "alternative Nobel Prize." Among his most recent books is Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water with Maude Barlow. He lives in Ottawa.