Podcast, Environmental Justice

The Climate Imaginary: The Petroleum Papers — with Geoff Dembicki

November 29, 2022
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On the fifth episode of our Below the Radar series: The Climate Imaginary, our host Am Johal is joined by investigative climate reporter and author, Geoff Dembicki.

In this conversation, they discuss Geoff’s upbringing around the tar sands in Alberta, Canada and how that led to his journalistic focus on climate. Geoff talks about his books, Are We Screwed? How a New Generation is Fighting to Survive Climate Change (2017) and The Petroleum Papers (2022), and shares some of his research around the climate disinformation campaigns conducted by Big Oil companies.

They also talk about the shift of climate denial from traditional news outlets to digital channels, as well as the work of youth activists to combat these narratives.

About Our Guest

Geoff Dembicki

Geoff Dembicki is an author and journalist whose work appears in VICE, The Tyee, the New York Times, Foreign Policy, and the Guardian.

He is the author of The Petroleum Papers: Inside The Far Right Conspiracy To Cover Up Climate Change, published with Greystone Books. His book, Are We Screwed? How a New Generation is Fighting to Survive Climate Change, won the 2017 Dave Greber Freelance Writers Award and the 2018 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature. His magazine feature for Foreign Policy titled “The Convenient Disappearance of Climate Change Denial in China,” won the 2018 Energy of Words Media Contest. Dembicki lives in Brooklyn, New York.



Johal, Am. “The Climate Imaginary: The Petroleum Papers — with Geoff Dembicki.” Below the Radar, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Podcast audio, November 29, 2022.


As we navigate our future within the ongoing climate emergency, we seek different frameworks to help guide our learning and our actions. In Below the Radar’s The Climate Imaginary series we touch on disinformation, links between the arts and climate activism, and the challenges in making real environmental change. 

To visualize a better future, Below the Radar invites guests from across artistic and academic disciplines to discuss ways of working in solidarity amidst the climate crisis. We feature conversations that range from the unique power of creative works to mobilize people, to the importance of collaboration and interdependence across fields.

The Climate Imaginary and Below the Radar are recorded on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. 



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