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Confronting the Disinformation Age: Competing Visions of Climate Populism

Part of Media Democracy Days and the 2019 Community Summit.

How does the rise of populism shape debates about climate and energy in Canada? Can left visions of ecological populism combat disinformation and challenge the forces of extractive populism?

Populism has become an increasingly prominent force in Canadian political life, with significant implications for how the public engages with the intersecting politics of climate change and energy. In a panel discussion featuring Shane Gunster, Bob Neubauer, and Paul Saurette, these three authors of a forthcoming book will discuss how competing visions of extractive and ecological populism are shaping political debate in Canada.

While governments, the fossil fuel industry, conservative media, and think-tanks have aggressively mobilized populist rhetoric to position tar sands expansion and pipelines as part of the ‘national interest’, the resistance to extractivism has also drawn upon populist themes to describe the democratic rights of Indigenous nations, local communities and citizens to defend their lands – and the common good – from those forces which threaten it.

What dangers and opportunities does populism hold for Canadian climate politics? How does it enable new forms of climate denial? Does it also open up new possibilities for mobilization and engagement beyond debates over climate science?

Apr 10, 2019 4:00 pm

Apr 10, 2019 6:00 pm
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SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue - Room 320
SFU Public Square
580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

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