People across Canada want our government to rise to the climate emergency. We can tackle the climate emergency and deepening economic inequality at the same time, and polls show that these kinds of policies are popular from coast to coast to coast.
Here’s more on what a Green New Deal can look like and how we’re building a people-powered movement to win it.
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What’s a Green New Deal?
A Green New Deal is a plan to completely re-tool our economy to tackle the climate crisis and rising inequality. A Green New Deal that truly works for everyone must center the following 4 pillars.
Listen to the science
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says we must limit warming to 1.5°C if we are to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate breakdown. In 2018, they gave us just 12 years to radically remake our global energy system. This is the baseline for real climate action. We can’t afford to wait to start taking bold action if we’re going to slash carbon pollution 45% by 2030 and bring it to zero by 2050. We must immediately lead the transition away from fossil fuels.
Respect Indigenous rights & sovereignty
Reconciliation needs to be more than just a buzzword. When it comes to climate and energy policy, that starts with fully implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and listening to Indigenous communities on an ongoing basis to pursue the justice-based climate solutions they’re calling for.
Create millions of good jobs
Tackling climate change will require an economic mobilization not seen since WWII. To get to 100% renewable energy, we need to create millions of decent, well-paying union jobs for workers all across Canada. And, we need to provide the support for every worker and community though a just transition. Polling on a Green New Deal has shown widespread, deep support for these kinds of policies, especially when they’re funded by taxing the rich and making big banks and corporations pay their fair share.
Enshrine dignity, justice, and equity for all
We need climate solutions that work for the frontline, marginalized, and Indigenous communities that are bearing the brunt of fossil fuel and climate impacts. This means connecting climate action to inequality and injustice and proposing real solutions that leave no community, no family and no one behind.
A Green New Deal must be built from the ground up. That’s why since May 2019, people from coast to coast have been collectively imagining a vision for a Green New Deal that will ensure our communities thrive.
Watch this video to learn more about the solutions they’ve imagined:
These goals and policies do not make up the entirety of a Green New Deal for Canada. That’s why we’re working with allies from across communities, causes, and movements to fight for a broad, transformative vision for a massive economic and social mobilization to tackle the climate crisis. As the movement grows, we look forward to building this vision together.
Join the movement for a made-in-Canada Green New Deal
Canada needs a plan to tackle climate change that listens to both science and justice. That means ending our reliance on fossil fuels and ensuring that the shift to 100% renewables is fair for people and communities.
We need all hands on deck to win this bold and ambitious plan. Will you join us?
Thanks for joining us. If we do this in the right way, we can deal with more than emissions, enacting policies that work to tackle economic, social, racial, and climate justice at the same time. We'll be in touch about how you can stay involved.
500,000+ people across the country pushed the CBC to host a leaders’ debate on climate change and a Green New Deal. In the end, we made sure that climate was the most discussed topic in the official leaders’ debate.
Thousands of volunteers organized to get out the vote for Green New Deal Champions during the 2019 election. We helped elect a squad of 8 champions who are committed to fighting the climate crisis and rising inequality.
We wasted no time getting to work after the election. On October 28th 2019, 27 youth were arrested for occupying the House of Commons. They brought mandate letters calling on new MPs to govern for a Green New Deal. Moving forward, we are working with young leaders to keep the pressure up.
When the COVID-19 Pandemic hit, the veil was lifted on injustices and inequities that have existed for a very long time. That’s why we took action to demand a just recovery that sets us up to build back better with a Green New Deal