The War on Science, The Leap and The Geography of Hope: Chris Turner in Ottawa

Written by Denise Deby.

Author and speaker Chris Turner is in Ottawa this week. His new book, The War on Science: Muzzled Scientists and Wilful Blindness in Stephen Harper’s Canada, is a must-read on how far Canada has fallen on environmental science, legislation and policy.

Turner has also looked at what it would take for societies and economies to move towards sustainability. His The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive In the Sustainable Economy (2011) and The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need (2008) are positive about humanity’s prospects for living more sustainably, despite the environmental and political challenges we face and have created.

Turner is also a prolific magazine writer, a consultant, a former Calgary Centre Green Party candidate and the author of Planet Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Documented an Era and Defined a Generation, so definitely brings a multi-faceted perspective.

He’ll be at Perfect Books on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 from 1-3 p.m, so check it out if you’d like to meet him or learn more about his books.

Later on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, Turner will be speaking at Carleton University about Germany’s Energiewende, or transition to renewable energy, and the implications of that shift for Ontario’s energy options. The session, “Tracking the German Leap,” is presented by the Embassy and Consulates General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canada, Turner’s Leapworks and BMW. It’s 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Room 720A, Loeb Building at Carleton University; register at

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