Who We Are: Reflections on My Life and Canada

Who We Are: Reflections on My Life and Canada

by Elizabeth May

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In this marriage of memoir and manifesto, Elizabeth May reflects on her extraordinary life and the people and experiences that have formed her and informed her beliefs about democracy, climate change, and other crucial issues facing Canadians. The book traces her development from child activist who warned other children not to eat snow because it contained Strontium 90 to waitress and cook on Cape Breton Island to law student, lawyer, and environmentalist and finally to leader of the Green Party and first elected Green Party Member of Parliament.

As a result of these disparate experiences, May has come to believe that Canada must strengthen its weakened democracy, return to its role as a world leader, develop a green economy, and take drastic action to address climate change. Who We Are also sets out how these goals might be accomplished, incorporating the thoughts of such leaders and thinkers as Rachel Carson, Jim MacNeill, Joe Clark, Chris Turner, Andrew Nikiforuk, and Robert F. Kennedy. The result is a fascinating portrait of a remarkable woman and an urgent call to action.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771640329
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication date: 10/04/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Elizabeth May is leader of the Green Party of Canada and was the first elected Green Party Member of Parliament. Formerly the executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada, she lives in Sidney, British Columbia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction: Why This Book? 1

1 The Forming of an Activist 9

2 Learning the Ways of Power and Politics 27

3 Watching Canada's Global Reputation Plummet 43

4 Resisting Economics as Religion 63

5 Becoming Leader of the Green Party 85

6 Science under Attack 105

7 How Canada Became a Petro-State 129

8 Engaging the Profit Motive to Fight Climate Change 149

9 Rescuing Democracy from Politics 163

10 Moving from Observer to Participant 185

Notes 205

Index 215

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