Jeremy Marks and Ryan O’Connor, two PhD candidates in history at the University of Western Ontario, recently published an op-ed piece in the London Free Press in which they argue that positive action by Stephen Harper at Copenhagen would improve the political fortunes of his Conservative party.
The piece is available on Ryan’s blog, The Great Green North, which focuses on the history of the environmental movement in Canada. Ryan’s dissertation, “Toronto the Green: The Emergence of the Canadian Environmental Movement”, examines the rise of green politics in Toronto during the 1960s and 1970s. He is a member of NiCHE’s Popular Publishing Writer’s Guild.
Jeremy’s dissertation looks at the historical relationship between political and philosophical conservatism in Canada.
Jeremy and Ryan attended a graduate student workshop, “Publishing for a Wide Audience”, held at UWO in October. Their op-ed is another example of historians engaging in the public policy dimensions of climate change.