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The Environmentalist’s Dilemma: In Conversation with Arno Kopecky

November 3 2021

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Gramsci once spoke of pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will. As we face the real and existential dangers in the climate crisis era, grappling with humanity’s greatest calamity is both daunting… and essential. Award-winning journalist and author Arno Kopecky shares a collection of essays, The Environmentalist’s Dilemma, that help us to acknowledge both sides of the paradox we’re in: the planet may be dying, but humanity’s doing better than ever. So how do we begin to answer questions about how to live within such a paradox?  Should we take down the government, or try to change it from the inside? Is it okay to compare climate change to Hitler? Is hope naive or indispensable? How do you tackle collective delusion? Wise, inquisitive and relatable, this interview with Arno Kopecky will begin to answer some of these queries.

 

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The Environmentalist's Dilemma: Promise and Peril in an Age of Climate Crisis

In The Environmentalist’s Dilemma, award-winning journalist Arno Kopecky zeroes in on the core predicament of our times: the planet may be dying, but humanity’s doing better than ever. To acknowledge both sides of this paradox is to enter a realm of difficult decisions: Should we take down the government, or try to change it from the inside? Is it okay to compare climate change to Hitler? Is hope naive or indispensable? How do you tackle collective delusion? Should we still have kids? And can we take them to Disneyland?

Inquisitive and relatable, Kopecky strikes a rare note of optimistic realism as he guides us through the moral minefields of our polarized world. From start to finish, The Environmentalist’s Dilemma returns to the central question: How should we engage with the story of our times?

Arno Kopecky

Arno Kopecky is an environmental journalist and author whose dispatches from four continents have appeared in the Globe and Mail, The Walrus, the Literary Review of Canada, Reader’s Digest, and others. His last book, The Oil Man and the Sea, chronicled the battle to keep oil tankers out of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest and was shortlisted for the 2014 Governor General’s Award. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.