Lessons from WWII offer Canada a fighting chance of addressing the climate crisis: advocate

Seth Klein
Seth Klein, author of the book A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency. Klein compares mobilization for the climate crisis to that for World War II, and outlines a path for meaningful climate action - Photo courtesy Seth Klein
Laurence Gatinel - - VancouverBC | 29-01-2021

By Tan Mei Xi
Canada has transformed itself to address a global climate before and can do it again, asserts a Vancouver climate advocate.

In his recent book, A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency, Seth Klein asserts that Canada can address the climate crisis and inequality, all in a few short years. He points to Canada's mobilization for World War Two offers valuable lessons for today's crisis. Klein argues that in the 1940s, Canada transformed its economy and society to fight a global conflict, and significantly reduced inequality in the process.

Four markers that show a government understands the emergency status of the climate crisis, said Klein, are spending what it takes to "win", creating new economic institutions to get the job done, moving from voluntary and incentive-based policies to mandatory measures with clear near-term gates, and telling the truth about the severity of the crisis.