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In October, the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C made it clear that the world must make a rapid transition away from fossil fuels to keep global warming below 1.5°C. Told through interviews and people's stories, our book Total Transition: The Human Side of the Renewable Energy Revolution explores the social, political, and technological challenges and opportunities associated with a global shift away from fossil fuels towards renewables. Total Transition examines the negative impacts that fossil fuel extraction currently has on the environment, people, and communities in extraction areas, with a focus on the Indian coal-mining belt and the Canadian oil sands. The book juxtaposes these impacts with the "job imperative" -- many fossil fuel workers themselves want to see the world shift away from fossil fuels, but are concerned about their employability in a renewable energy future. Total Transition examines the necessity of making fossil fuel workers climate allies, and describes inspiring case studies and initiatives that point to how workers and communities from fossil fuel regions could transition to new jobs, identities, and livelihoods in a renewable energy world.

The book is published in Canada by Rocky Mountain Books, and distributed internationally. It is available in local bookstores and libraries, and available online, for example on Amazon.


The book will also be available for purchase at the event.


Some media coverage of the stories in the book: The Tyee, Asia Times


Author profiles:

Sandeep Pai is an award-winning investigative reporter and researcher. During his journalism career, he has worked for the special investigation teams of several of India’s leading English-language newspapers. He has written extensively about the impacts of fossil fuel extraction, renewable energy and rural development. In 2016 he was awarded the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award, India’s most prestigious accolade for investigative reporting. Currently Sandeep is pursuing a PhD at the University of British Columbia, specializing in energy transitions. Prior to UBC he completed an Erasmus Mundus Master of Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management, jointly taught at Central European University, Hungary, and Lund University, Sweden. He also holds an engineering degree and postgraduate diploma in journalism, both from India. Sandeep Pai lives in Vancouver, BC.

Savannah Carr-Wilson works in the field of environmental and Aboriginal law in British Columbia. Passionate about protecting the global environment, Savannah has worked in environmental law and policy not only in Canada but also internationally with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Secretariat of the Water Convention, and the German nonprofit Welthungerhilfe. She has authored several influential reports and publications on environmental topics ranging from the impacts of fossil fuel extraction to the intricacies of water law and policy. She studied law at the University of Victoria, specializing in environmental law and sustainability, and recently completed an Erasmus Mundus Master of Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management, jointly taught at Central European University, Hungary, and Lund University, Sweden. She also holds an undergraduate degree in politics and history from Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany. Savannah Carr-Wilson lives in Vancouver, BC.

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