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In masterly prose and cinematic style, John Vaillant weaves together an enthralling, multifaceted story of how Fort McMurray revealed a new normal of fires burning longer and with greater intensity than at any other time this planet has ever known. From the large-scale histories of North American resource extraction and climate science, to the intimate tales of lives scarred by the Fort McMurray disaster, Valliant’s urgent work is a book for — and from — our new century of fire. (From Knopf Canada)

John Vaillant Interview, CBC’s Front Burner May 17, 2023 – Hotter, faster, more destructive: wildfire’s new reality

“You may feel…shocked to learn that disputes over parking spaces can and do lead to violence,” he writes. “In a few dozen incidents each year, they even lead to death.” Examining the development of cultural rules involved with parking (not all of them are actually laws), the author illuminates a variety of related, interconnected issues, including the nation’s lack of low-income housing; how the downtown cores of major cities are effectively blocked from development due to efforts to increase parking areas; and how parking and urban development rules are being manipulated to aid money laundering, tax evasion, and theft. – Book review

“[A] gutsy, humane view of a near-future Earth…Robinson masterfully integrates the practical details of environmental crises and geoengineering projects into a sweeping, optimistic portrait of humanity’s ability to cooperate in the face of disaster. This heartfelt work of hard science-fiction is a must-read for anyone worried about the future of the planet.” – Publishers Weekly 

On “How We Survive” – Sci-Fi Intermission – Molly Wood sits down with climate fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson to discuss his most recent book, “The Ministry for the Future,” which almost reads as a blueprint for saving the planet.

Living the 1.5 Degree Lifestyle

Why Individual Climate Action Matters More than Ever by Lloyd Alter

Stop thinking about efficiency and start thinking about sufficiency

Living the 1.5 Degree Lifestyle reveals the carbon cost of everything we do, identifying where we can make big reductions, while not sweating the small stuff.

4 minute You Tube explainer – Here

Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation. The sequel to Hawken’s arguably most famous project, Drawdown.

Regeneration continues the story of how individuals and governments can put that manual into practice.

Read the article about “Regeneration” in the “Sierra” magazine – here.

Visit the companion website, Nexus,


In A Good War (published by ECW Press in September 2020), Seth Klein 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. The book is structured around lessons from the Second World War – the last time Canada faced an existential threat.

Watch Seth Kleins new the 6 minute YouTube video 4 Hopeful Lessons from WW2 to Confront Climate Change

Listen to CBC radio’s The Current with Matt Galloway —interview Seth Klein on fighting climate change like it’s WWII

Listen to the podcast by Terry Moore – Planet Haliburton – “A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency” With Seth Klein.

The Future We Choose

The Future We Choose offers a practical, optimistic and empowering pathway in the face of the climate crisis and calls on us to act with intention and urgency.

from Global Optimism Co-Founders, Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac.

Drawdown is the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline. This is the point when we begin the process of stopping further climate change and averting potentially catastrophic warming. It is a critical turning point for life on Earth.

This website provides a supplemental list of references used in development of the book.


The historic Paris climate talks of 2015 aspired to keep the world under a two degree celsius rise, but failed to set out how to get there. Each country must create its own road map. Canada doesn’t have one. But Gordon Laxer’s After the Sands outlines a vision to transition Canada to a low-carbon society. Ralph Nader hails it as “a myth-destroying blockbuster book.”

On Fire: The  Case for a Green New Deal

Naomi Klein’s seventh book, On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal gathers for the first time Naomi’s impassioned reporting from the frontlines of climate breakdown, and pairs it with new material on the high stakes of what we choose to do next.

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