“Would this – this place, this machine, this social system or way of life – be capable of continuing on its present course for the foreseeable future without exhausting the planet’s ability to sustain human life at something like the current population and quality of life?”
Whether the topic is the state of the art in sustainable business, the practical art of building livable cities or the trenchwork of grassroots politics, Turner’s engaging presentations always make our brightest possible future seem near at hand.
Turner is an author, speaker and strategist, providing Canada’s most authoritative voice on sustainability and the global cleantech boom. Whether speaking on the global cleantech economy or democratic renewal at community scale, Turner is boundlessly optimistic about the future and refreshingly pragmatic about the path that leads us there.
Rather than lending his voice to the chorus of recriminations heard in recent environmental tracts, acclaimed author and journalist Chris Turner traveled the globe in search of hope for a sustainable future and now points to the bright light at the end of the very dark tunnel.
Turner chronicles his findings in his best-selling book and popular speaking topic: The Geography Of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need, a result of year long travels with his family criss-crossing the globe in search of people living sustainably and lessons to be learned.
His result is a global survey of the state of the art in sustainable living and he shares his findings in his entertaining and eye-opening multimedia presentations.
His upbeat presentations — emboldened by his experience traveling the world and meeting with global leaders of the sustainability movement — inspire sustainable change in corporate, community, and educational audiences alike. With unparalleled expertise and candor, Turner empowers audiences to both understand and embrace sustainable solutions that will enable us to not only survive, but to thrive with renewed prosperity in the twenty-first century economy.
His magazine writing – mostly for the late, great Shift Magazine – has earned him nine Canadian National Magazine Awards, including the 2001 President’s Medal for General Excellence (the highest honour in Canadian magazine writing). His writing and reporting on culture, technology and the environment have also appeared in The Independent (UK), Time Magazine, Maclean’s, Canadian Geographic, The Walrus, Azure and Utne Reader. He lives in Calgary, Alberta, with his wife, the photographer Ashley Bristowe, and their daughter, Sloane.
Turner has also written a monthly feature series on sustainability for The Globe and Mail. He is the author of the international bestseller Planet Simpson: How A Cartoon Masterpiece Documented an Era and Defined a Generation (2004), and his book The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy, sheds light on the global sustainability movement.
If sustainable change is your goal — for your community, corporation, school, or political organization — let Turner be your guide. His keynotes educate and inspire audiences about what is possible with change, and then, he shows them how.