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Seth Klein is the British Columbia Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a non-governmental public policy research institute committed to social, economic and environmental justice.

Seth holds a BA in international relations and a B.Ed from the University of Toronto, and an MA in political science from Simon Fraser University.

Seth was hired to open the CCPA’s BC Office in 1996. Under his direction, the CCPA–BC Office has grown to 14 employees, approximately 4,000 members, and publishes regular research reports on topics such as taxes, poverty and inequality, resource policy, climate justice, health care, public education, and the BC economy.

Seth is the co-chair of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, a board member of the Canada Without Poverty Advocacy Network, and on the board of the Metro Vancouver Living Wage for Families campaign. He is an advisory board member for the Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance, and a co-founder and instructor for Next Up (a leadership program for young people committed to social and environmental justice).

Seth is a frequent media commentator and public speaker on public policy issues. He has authored numerous studies and articles. His research deals primarily with welfare policy, poverty, inequality and economic security.

Seth has been listed by Vancouver Magazine as one of the 50 most powerful people in the city, and by Homemakers Magazine among the “60 men we love.” He does not know how he ended up on either list, but he humbly accepts the latter.

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Moving Towards Climate Justice: Overcoming Barriers to Change

Paper Conference paper | | Apr 2012

The present paradox, as ecological economist Bill Rees is fond of putting it, is simple yet profoundly troubling: “The ecologically necessary is politically infeasible, but the politically feasible is ecologically irrelevant.”