Chris Turner is an award-winning author and one of Canada’s leading writers and speakers on climate change solutions and the global energy transition. His bestsellers The Leap and The Geography of Hope were both National Business Book Award finalists, and his feature writing has earned nine National Magazine Awards. Turner lives in Calgary with his wife, Ashley Bristowe, and their two children.
The Patch is the definitive story of the oil sands and its high-stakes collision between two conflicting worldviews; one of industrial triumph and another of environmental stewardship. Told through the eyes of those who live in it day-to-day from the truck operators, entrepreneurs, and politicians who make a living mining the oil sands’ riches to the scientists, activists, and Indigenous peoples who seek to curb the area’s unrestrained growth, Chris Turner peels back the political rhetoric, addressing the conflict of the patch with remarkable clarity and urgency, considering the most important question: if we are to both fuel the world and save it, what do we do about the patch?