Leap Manifesto: A Climate Change Debate

Watch the Debate on CPAC – Public Record

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The Leap Manifesto, issued by Canadian activists in September 2015, advocates actions beginning now toward a completely green economy and a more equal society.  Do these actions represent “THE way forward” for Canada? Can Canada afford them?  Can Canada not afford them? What is at stake, the consequences, the alternatives?

Join us for a public debate between Avi Lewis and Thomas Homer-Dixon on the Leap Manifesto’s approach to current issues of Canadian politics and climate change.

WHEN: Thursday, 15 September 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

WHERE: The Glebe Centre – 175 Third Avenue, Ottawa, ON

Program Outline:
6:30 pm – 6:45 pm: Reception
6:45 pm – 7:00 pm: Traditional Algonquin Greeting by Verna McGregor
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Leap Manifesto a Climate Change Debate

Advanced tickets are available through Eventbrite
Tickets will also be available at the door

General Admission – $10.00
Student/Unwaged – $5.00

uOttawa Faculty and students – Free

1) Avi Lewis

Opening remarks

Is one of the leading proponents of the Leap Manifesto as well as a Canadian documentary filmmaker, author, and activist. Avi Lewis offers insightful and valuable points of views in regards to the complex current issues faced in Canada. Some of his important and informative talks include topics ranging from climate change and crisis, Canadian political parties, to the role of governments.

2) Thomas Homer-Dixon

Opening remarks

Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Associate Director of the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation and Professor at the Faculty of Environment, with a cross-appointment to the Political Science in Waterloo, Thomas is focused on using innovation to solve complex issues. Some of his primary research interest includes complex threats to global security, causes, and resolution of violent conflict, the structure, and change of ideologies, climate change, energy security, and public policy. He also writes books, reviews, and articles on various global issues. His take on the leap manifesto, Start the Leap Revolution Without Me, was published in the Toronto Globe and Mail, April 22, 2016


Inger Weibust
Assistant Professor
Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA).
Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Professor Weibust’s research focuses on environmental policy/regulation, and governance, particularly in multi-level systems.  With Professor James Meadowcroft, she co-edited Multilevel Environmental Governance: Managing Water and Climate Change in Europe and North America (Edward Elgar), which appeared in 2014.  Her monograph on environmental policy in federal systems, Green Leviathan: The Case for a Federal Role in Environmental Policy (Ashgate), appeared in 2009. Her most recent project focuses on transparency and benchmarking as tools for governance, examining why governments agree to be monitored.

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Support from the University of Ottawa School of International Development and Global Studies is gratefully acknowledged.