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Confronting Injustice: Social Activism in the Age of Individualism

Saturday, February 1, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

According to a recent estimate by the Climate Vulnerability Monitor 400,000 people die every year as a result of human-made global warming. The UN projects that 3 billion people may be pushed into extreme poverty by 2050 due to environmental devastation. The scale of this problem makes clear that individualist, lifestyle-centric approaches to activism will not suffice. We need to change the structures of our social system, not our light bulbs. The book, “Confronting Injustice: Social Activism in the Age of Individualism” seeks to expose the structural roots of the crises we face, and outlines an approach to activism which transcends the hopeless individualism of our time.

The book launch event features a reading and talk by the author, as well a discussion – with particular attention to student and community activism.

Book is available on Amazon

Umair Muhammad has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He is currently pursuing an MA in Political Science at York University. His research focuses on the political economy of climate change. Umair has been involved in anti-poverty and environmental activism for six years. He is currently a member of Jane and Finch Action Against Poverty, where he is helping to organize against the proposed reversal of Enbridge’s Line 9.

Need to know:
– Doors open at 6:50
– Free admission
– Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
– Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za’atar dipping.