Waterloo, Canada — May 5, 2015 — The vast majority of Canadians agree: we need to take more action on climate change, but not if it means undermining our economy. This mindset, which pits environmental headway against economic well-being, has polarized the climate discussion in Canada and made progress difficult. The next CIGI Signature Lecture will explore climate policy solutions with the potential to create a new middle ground and unite a divided nation. 

Author, economist and professor at McGill University, Chris Ragan suggests that the key to advancing this complex policy discussion lies in a “radically practical,” and deeply Canadian approach. It centers on two basic policy questions, integral to the debate: What is the most cost-effective way to achieve greenhouse gas reductions that aligns with Canadian economic prosperity? And, what is the most pragmatic way to achieve those reductions in the context of a highly diverse Canadian federation?

Backed by expert economic research, Ragan’s lecture will present answers for these questions and engage Canadians across the spectrum in a discussion about practical climate solutions that exist in the middle-ground between changing everything and doing nothing.

  • Event: CIGI Signature Lecture – “Breaking Climate Inertia: A "Radically" Practical Approach,” featuring Chris Ragan, author and economist, McGill University
  • Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Location: The CIGI Campus, 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • Media Registration: Media must RSVP in advance (see Media Contact below)
  • Public Registration: Members of the public are invited to RSVP to the live lecture or webcast by visiting: https://www.cigionline.org/events/breaking-climate-inertia-radically-practical-approach

Christopher Ragan has been a professor of economics at McGill University since 1989. He is also a Research Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute where from 2010 through 2013 he held the Institute’s David Dodge Chair in Monetary Policy, and for many years was a member of the Institute’s Monetary Policy Council. Ragan is also the author of "Economics", the most widely used introductory economics textbook in Canada, and has a regular column in The Globe and Mail.

Media Contact:
Erin Baxter, CIGI Public Affairs Coordinator
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7265, Email: [email protected]    

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