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We Did It!? A Future History of Net Zero in Canada

April 28, 2023 @ 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

The Environmental Governance Lab at University of Toronto is excited to launch the first issue of a new magazine: We Did It!? The launch event will be in hybrid format – for those unable to join us in person, please register for online tickets and a zoom link will be provided closer to the event date.

This speculative fiction magazine exists in an imagined 2050 in a Canada that has achieved its net zero carbon emissions goal. The stories that compose the magazine explore different aspects of how Canada got to net zero, what life in the net zero world looks like, and the work still left to be done to create a just and equitable low carbon society. Rather than scenarios or projected pathways, this magazine explores the pursuit of net zero through stories that imagine how social and political change might look and where it might take us. They are filled with contingencies, surprises (good and bad), unanticipated consequences, and different pathways both to and away from the goal of net zero, just as we assume Canada’s real path to net zero will be. They are also (we hope!) really enjoyable reads.

Join us on April 28 from 2:30-6pm for the launch of the first issue of We Did It?! , either in-person or online! The afternoon will include readings from the magazine, a panel discussion exploring the role of story and imagination in the pursuit of climate goals, and a Q and A session with some of the authors of the stories in the first issue. This will be capped off with a celebratory reception.

For those unable to join in person, a zoom link will be made available closer to the date.

Funding for this project provided by the Dean Family Symposium and the Environmental Governance Lab at Dept of Political Science and the School of the Environment.

Panel Discussants:

Manjana Milkoreit is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oslo whose research explores collective future thinking (imagination) and the politics of climate future making.

Menaka Raman-Wilms is a journalist and author who hosts the Globe and Mail’s daily news podcast The Decibel. In 2022 she published her first novel The Rooftop Garden, a story of climate change, extremism, and friendship.

Imre Szeman is Director of the Institute for Environment, Conservation, and Sustainability and Professor of Human Geography at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Among his many publication is After Oil which explores the social, cultural, and political changes needed to make possible a full-scale transition from fossil fuels to new forms of energy.

Aliénor Rougeot is the Climate and Energy manager for Environmental Defense Canada. While completing her degree in at the University of Toronto, Alienor cofounded Fridays for the Future Toronto.