The BCSSTA Virtual Spring Conference is based on the recent publication of Detours, our new academic journal for teachers. The conference will open with a Round Table Paper Presentation by all the authors in our first issue. They will each present a precis of their article and there will be space for discussion. This will be followed by 2 rounds of workshops. Most of these workshops were part of our fall conference but we hope that many of you who did not have the opportunity to attend these workshops will have the chance this time. We will end the conference with Seth Klein talking about his new book "A GOOD WAR: MOBILIZING CANADA FOR THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY".
In A Good War (ECW Press, 2020), Seth Klein explores how we can align our politics and economy with what science says we must do to address the climate crisis. But Klein brings an original and uniquely hopeful take to this challenge. The book 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.
Seth 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 of A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency. Seth is an adjunct professor with Simon Fraser University’s Urban Studies program, and remains a research associate with the CCPA’s BC Office.