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The climate crisis is here. Arctic permafrost is melting, forests, towns, and Indigenous territories are burning. States of emergency – declared for once-in-a-century floods – are becoming commonplace, and millions around the world already face dislocation and starvation.
But that’s not the only thing keeping us up at night. Many of us are struggling to find an affordable place to live, or a decent job to support our families. Hate crimes and racism are on the rise. And promises to Indigenous peoples have yet to be implemented.
We need an ambitious plan to deal with multiple crises at the same time.
A bold and far reaching plan to cut emissions in half in 11 years in line with Indigenous knowledge and climate science, create more than a million good jobs you can support a family with, and build inclusive communities in the process.
We need a Green New Deal — for everyone. And we need everyone to be a part of building it.
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A Green New Deal for Canada
The Road to a Green New Deal
1. Unite a diverse movement
It’s going to take everyone to pull this off. We’re inviting people from all walks of life and all movements — Indigenous communities, migrant justice activists, the labour movement, environmentalists, and everyday people — to come together. Click here to sign the pledge and join our movement.
2. Develop a shared vision
Then we’ll gather in community centres, union halls, and living rooms across the country to develop a shared vision for what a Green New Deal could look like in Canada. Click here to sign up to host or attend a Green New Deal town hall in your community.
3. Push political leaders to act
Next, we’ll bring our shared vision for a Green New Deal to political leaders, and challenge them to adopt these visionary policies in their platforms.
Who we are
We are a coalition of workers, artists, Indigenous leaders, scientists, youth, and people directly impacted by climate catastrophe -- from cities and towns, businesses and communities, working beyond our political differences and in solidarity with Indigenous peoples -- who want to ensure a safe world for our children and all generations after that.
That’s why we stand united in support of a Green New Deal — an ambitious policy platform that re-tools our economy to respond to the multiple crises we are faced with today. If you are part of an organization or local group interested in joining our coalition, sign up here.
But winning this kind of ambitious plan will take all of us. We need your help to define what a Green New Deal will look like and to build a massive movement of people to drive our politicians to take action.
While outreach efforts are ongoing and organizations continue to sign on in support, as of May 5, 2019, 67 organizations across sectors and across the country have come together to endorse the Pact for a Green New Deal, together with dozens of luminary Canadians.
Indigenous Climate Action
Union of BC Indian Chiefs
Migrant Workers Alliance for Change
Canadian Union of Postal Workers / Syndicat des travailleurs et travailleuses des postes
Canadian Unitarian Council
Climate Action Network – Réseau action climat Canada
Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN)
Fight for $15 and Fairness
Canadian Health Coalition
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
And more than 70 others. Click here for the full list.
Dominic Champagne, Instigator of the Pact for Transition.
K.D. Lang, Musician
Cobie Smulders, Actor
Evangeline Lilly, Actor
Richard Reed Parry, Musician (Arcade Fire)
Ellen Gabriel, Indigenous leader and artist
Neil Young, Musician
William Shatner, Actor
David Suzuki, Scientist
Naomi Klein, writer
Pamela Anderson, Actor
Joel Plaskett, Musician
Rufus Wainwright, Musician
Claire Boucher, Musician (Grimes)
Broken Social Scene, Music Band
And more than 60 others. Click here for the full list.
The Pact for a Green New Deal is a non-partisan initiative, and is not aligned with any particular political party. Top photo by Robert van Waarden, Survival Media.Join the Movement
Organizations supporting a Green New Deal for Canada
May 6, 2019
These organizations have expressed their support for a Green New Deal for Canada.Read More
At a glance:
While outreach efforts are ongoing and organizations continue to sign on in support, as of May 5, 2019, 65 organizations across sectors and across the country have come together to endorse the Pact for a Green New Deal, together with dozens of luminary Canadians.
- Indigenous Climate Action
- Union of BC Indian Chiefs
- Climate Strike Canada
- PowerShift: Young and Rising
- Migrant Workers Alliance for Change
- CUPE Ontario
- Canadian Union of Postal Workers / Syndicat des travailleurs et travailleuses des postes
- Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN)
- Syndicat de la fonction publique et parapublique du Québec
- The Canadian Fair Trade Network
- Youth Climate Lab
- Canadian Health Coalition
- Canadian Unitarian Council
- WHEN – Women’s Healthy Environments Network
- Citizens for Public Justice
- The Leap
- Citoyens au Courant
- Alerte Pétrole Rive-Sud
- Eau Secours
- ENvironnement JEUnesse (ENJEU)
- Montmagny en Transition
- B.C. SeaWolves
- Georgia Strait Alliance
- Climate Justice Edmonton
- Climate Action Network – Réseau action climat Canada
- IMatter Halifax
- Tanker Free BC
- Climate Equity Reference Project Canada
- Sierra Club BC
- Ontario Clean Air Alliance
- Wilderness Committee
- 350.org Canada
- La Planète s’invite au Parlement
- Dogwood Initiative
- Polaris Institute
- KAIROS Canada
- The Council of Canadians
- The Climate Reality Project Canada
- Mouvement écocitoyen UNEplanète
- Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion-(BROKE)
- Delivering Community Power / Vers des collectivités durables
- Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion
- Social Environmental Alliance
- Reclaim Alberta
- Friends of Public Services
- Fight for $15 and Fairness
- Climate Justice Montreal
- Workers Action Centre
- Rise and Resist
- No More Silence
- West Coast Environmental Law Association
- Partners in Health Canada
- Force Of Nature Alliance
- Solidarity Winnipeg
- Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation
- K.D. Lang, Musician
- Cobie Smulders, Actor
- Evangeline Lilly, Actor
- Richard Reed Perry, Musician (Arcade Fire)
- Ellen Gabriel, Indigenous leader and artist
- Dan Mangan, Musician
- Neil Young, Musician
- William Shatner, Actor
- David Suzuki, Scientist
- Naomi Klein, writer
- Pamela Anderson, Actor
- Dave Bidini, Musician (Rheostatics)
- Dr. James Maskalyk, Author, Emergency Physician
- Eamon McGrath, Musician
- Geoff Berner, Musician
- Gordon Pinsent, Actor
- Claire Boucher, Musician (Grimes)
- Jennifer Dale, Actor
- Joel Plaskett, Musician
- Leah Pinsent, Actor
- Mark Z. Jacobson, Cofounder-Solutions Project, 100% Movement
- Melissa Auf der Maur, Musician
- Peter Keleghan, Actor
- Rufus Wainwright, Musician
- Shannon Baker, Actor, Model
- Victor Garber, Actor
- Stephen Lewis, Politician, Diplomat
- Laurel Sprengelmeyer, Musician (Little Scream)
- The Sadies, Music Band
- Kyo Maclear, Author
- David Wall, Composer
- Broken Social Scene, Music Band
- Basia Bulat, Musician
- Terra Lightfoot, Musician
- Old Man Luedecke, Musician
- Lance Sampson aka Aquakultre, Musician
- Tania Gill, Musician
- Rosina Kazi, Musician (LAL)
- Jason Collett, Musician
- Simone Schmidt, Musician (Fiver, The Highest Order)
- Daniel Romano, Musician
- Jessie Stein, Musician (The Luyas)
- Tim Darcy, Musician (Ought)
- Michele Landsberg, Writer
- Ansley Simpson, Musician
- Charles Spearin, Musician
- Ruby Singh, Musician
- Cayley Thomas, Musician
- The Weather Station, Music Band
- Stars, Music Band
- Min Sook Lee, Filmmaker
Large, Diverse, Non-partisan Coalition of Youth, Artists, Scientists, Indigenous Leaders and Groups Calls for Green New Deal for Canada
May 6, 2019
On the same day the UN released its dire report on the state of the planet’s biodiversity, a growing movement of youth, artists, workers, Indigenous peoples, scientists and faith leaders, including more than 60 organizations, unions and associations, launched a Pact for a Green New Deal in three cities across the country.Read More
For Immediate Release
May 6, 2019 (Montreal) — On the same day the UN released its dire report on the state of the planet’s biodiversity, a growing movement of youth, artists, workers, Indigenous peoples, scientists and faith leaders, including more than 60 organizations, unions and associations, launched a Pact for a Green New Deal in three cities across the country. The coalition includes CUPE Ontario, the Canadian Health Coalition, the Canadian Unitarian Council, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Indigenous Climate Action, Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) and the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, as well as 50 prominent Canadians, including K.D. Lang, Rufus Wainwright, Dr. David Suzuki and Cobie Smulders.
The Pact for a Green New Deal demands we cut emissions in half by 2030, protect critical cultural and biological diversity, create a million jobs, and address the multiple crises we face through a holistic and far reaching plan that respects the constitutionally enshrined and internationally recognized rights of Indigenous peoples. This large, non-partisan coalition calls on all federal political parties, in the lead up to the election, to put versions of the Green New Deal that meet those goals in their platforms. A new poll by Abacus Data shows a clear majority of Canadians (61 per cent) support the idea of a Green New Deal.
“In our lifetime, youth have seen both the degradation of our climate and any sense of stable livelihoods. We are the first generation in human history whose quality of life is predicted to be lower than our parents. The Green New Deal is the first sign of hope our generation has,” said Niklas Agarwal, student and youth organizer. “The Green New Deal is the safest choice for how we move forward, it recognizes that climate change requires urgent action but is also an opportunity to make our communities healthier and create a million good jobs in the process.”
In the face of record heat waves, floods, wildfires, and increasing global dislocation due to climate change, scientists have said the window in which we have to act is getting short and have given us just 11 years to cut our emissions in half. Two billionaires control as much wealth as almost a third of the population in Canada, Indigenous Nations are continually marginalized and reported hate crimes have increased nearly 50% in 2017.
“As a result of colonialism, our territories were stolen and ravaged, and we are still fighting for full control over what happens to our lands and waters. Every single aspect of a Green New Deal must simultaneously include Indigenous peoples – at the decision making level, the reporting level, and the implementation level,” stated Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. “This will require that our movements, and the government, support the full implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including Free, Prior and Informed Consent, granting our communities true decision making powers in our territories.”
“A Green New Deal must be a deal for everyone. Facing the climate crisis means facing the many other crises — economic inequality, housing insecurity, precarious work, and rising racism — that threaten our communities and social fabric. We can build universal and far-reaching solutions that transform our economy, create dignified work, prioritize public ownership, and make our communities healthier. But we have to come together with a plan to do it. That’s what the Green New Deal is,” says Fred Hahn, president of the 270,000 member Canadian Union of Public Employees – Ontario.
Inspired by Le Pacte in Quebec, a climate action pledge which has already garnered more than 270,000 signatures, The Pact for a Green New Deal calls on workers, Indigenous communities, students, trade unions, migrants, community organizations and people across the country to define a plan for a safe future and more prosperous present that meets the demands of science and justice.
“It’s been six months since we launched The Pact for Transition (Le pacte pour la Transition) in Quebec. We are happy to see that its success inspired diverse groups to mobilize across Canada and it is, with pride, that we call today upon good willing people, of any age, from all backgrounds, to endorse The Pact for a Green New Deal. There are more and more people joining the movement to act on climate change. And the more we are, the stronger we become at demanding political and economic solutions that meet the urgency of the climate crisis,” said Dominic Champagne, playwright and instigator of The Pact for Transition in Quebec.
The new coalition is also engaging communities to further refine and develop the plan and will be holding town halls across the country to develop concrete policy suggestions to help us meet what the calls of science and justice are demanding.
“It’s going to come down to each one of us rolling up our sleeves and fixing our planet,” said How I Met Your Mother and Avengers actress Cobie Smulders. “Ordinary people doing extraordinary things can rise to the challenge of climate change, seize this historic opportunity and make sure that the climate crisis becomes a catalyst for a fairer, cleaner world for everybody. A Green New Deal for Canada is how we do that.”
To see the text of the pledge and a list of all endorsers and speakers, visit greennewdealcanada.ca.
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