Do Canada’s cold temperatures mean we shouldn’t worry about climate change?

Thursday, November 2, 2023 17:00to19:30
Faculty Club 3450 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0E5, CA

Those arguing against action on climate change are quick to remind us that Canada is a very large, cold country and to argue that this means we will benefit from climate change. These findings are not the preserve of heretics; credible academic research has generally found that Canada could see positive economic gains from climate change. The reality is that, while we might benefit from slightly warmer winters, that is not all that climate change will offer us. Climate change promises us more smoke, less permafrost, higher sea levels, and stronger storms. It also almost certainly portends a more volatile world. In the last of three lectures drawn from his book Between Doom and DenialAndrew Leach examines this and other lies, half-truths, and easy soundbites that define Canadian climate change debates. A conversation with Gerald Butts and a moderated Q&A will follow the lecture. 

Economic ideas for a stronger Canada

Canada needs better policies to address today’s economic challenges, and that starts with bold discourse. The McGill Max Bell Lectures focus on the analysis, balance, and practicality needed to plan for a more prosperous future.

The 2023 lectures are drawn from Between Doom and Denial: Facing Facts About Climate Change by economist, writer, and University of Alberta professor Andrew Leach. Attendees will receive a copy of the associated book!

"The truth is that we do have a climate change problem, we will continue to use fossil fuels (at least for the foreseeable future), we are already seeing dramatic changes in our energy systems, and some people inevitably will be left behind. We have the tools to make a real difference, argues Andrew Leach, but big questions remain. Are we up to the challenge? And can we be honest with ourselves about what the energy transition really means for Canada?"

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