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Competing Visions of Climate Populism

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SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

580 West Hastings

Vancouver, BC V6C 1W6

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Confronting the Disinformation Age: Competing Visions of Climate Populism

This event takes place as 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 this panel discussion, 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 and 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?

This event is presented in partnership by Media Democracy Days, SFU's School of Communication, SFU's Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology, and SFU Public Square.

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As this event is free, and free events routinely have a high number of no-shows, it is our policy to overbook. In case of a full event, registration may not guarantee entry. Seating is limited and will be available to registered attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. 15 minutes before the start of the event, unfilled seats will be offered to those on the wait list.

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The SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue is located at 580 W. Hastings St (enter via Seymour Street courtyard entrance), and is located a brief walk from Waterfront station and numerous bus stops. Bike stalls are available outside the Hastings entrance of SFU Harbour Centre (located across the street).

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Nearby parking is available at 500 & 400 W. Cordova St.

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All floors within the building, including the venue and washrooms, are wheelchair accessible and serviced by elevators.

Washroom Accessibility

Washrooms are located on the lower level, second, third, and fourth floors. The venue has a gender-neutral washroom, available on the second floor in the east hallway.

Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.

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