Council of Canadians: The Pact for a Green New Deal

“The Pact for a Green New Deal is a growing movement of people across Canada who understand that governments are not doing enough to solve the climate crisis – and we hope you will be a part of it.” – Council of Canadians

A plan to shift Canada’s entire economy to battle climate change has been launched in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. The proposed Green New Deal is being endorsed by David Suzuki and 60 signatories — including the largest unions, by youth leaders, by Indigenous groups and by environmental economists.
A plan to shift Canada’s entire economy to battle climate change has been launched in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. The proposed Green New Deal is being endorsed by David Suzuki and 60 signatories — including the largest unions, by youth leaders, by Indigenous groups and by environmental economists.  (ROBERT F. BUKATY / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

We are living in a global climate crisis. Scientists have given us just 11 years to cut our emissions in half in order to avoid catastrophic impacts and the crisis moving beyond our control. To do that, we must see “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.”

The Pact for a Green New Deal is a growing movement of people across Canada who understand that governments are not doing enough to solve the climate crisis – and we hope you will be a part of it.

The Pact for a Green New Deal calls for rapid, inclusive and far-reaching just transition led by the federal government, to slash emissions, meet the demands of the multiple crises we face, respect the rights of Indigenous peoples, and create over 1 million jobs in the process. It is a proposal that is gaining in popularity among people and groups from all walks of life, especially young people who know their futures are at stake.

It means making all our communities healthier. It means reconnecting and feeling safe again. It means all of society heeding the call from young people, and coming together to avert disaster, planning not just how to sustain this generation, but the seven that come after it. A Green New Deal in Canada must lift us all, together.

Inspired by Québec’s Le Pacte pour une transition and the Green New Deal campaign Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is championing in the U.S., the Council of Canadians has joined with progressive groups, organizations and people from coast-to-coast-to-coast in calling for a Green New Deal in Canada to meet the demands of justice and the climate crisis.

A Green New Deal rests on two fundamental principles:

  • It must be based on Indigenous knowledge and science and cut Canada’s emissions in half in 11 years.
  • It must leave no one behind and create a better present and future for all of us.

Join the call for a Green New Deal

Mark your calendar! Green New Deal Town Halls

From May 20 to 26, 2019, you can join the national conversation to define what a Green New Deal for Canada will look like. Stay tuned for dates and locations where you can join workers, Indigenous peoples, students, trade unions, migrants, community organizations and people across the country to gather, define and design a plan for a safe future and more prosperous present. We will discuss how a Green New Deal can help our families, communities, and regions thrive. We will invite our MPs and local candidates for October’s federal election to sit and listen in.

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