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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.

Organizations

Indigenous Climate Action
Union of BC Indian Chiefs
Migrant Workers Alliance for Change
CUPE Ontario
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
Greenpeace Canada
350.org Canada
The Leap
Leadnow
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty

And more than 70 others. Click here for the full list.

Individuals

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.

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What is The Pact for a Green New Deal?

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A Green New Deal in 10 Questions

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Organizations supporting a Green New Deal for Canada

May 6, 2019

These organizations have expressed their support for a Green New Deal for Canada.

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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.

Organizations:

  1. Indigenous Climate Action
  2. Union of BC Indian Chiefs
  3. Climate Strike Canada
  4. PowerShift: Young and Rising
  5. Migrant Workers Alliance for Change
  6. CUPE Ontario
  7. Canadian Union of Postal Workers / Syndicat des travailleurs et travailleuses des postes
  8. Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN)
  9. Syndicat de la fonction publique et parapublique du Québec
  10. The Canadian Fair Trade Network
  11. Youth Climate Lab
  12. Canadian Health Coalition
  13. Canadian Unitarian Council
  14. WHEN – Women’s Healthy Environments Network
  15. Citizens for Public Justice
  16. The Leap
  17. Citoyens au Courant
  18. Alerte Pétrole Rive-Sud
  19. Eau Secours
  20. GRAME
  21. ENvironnement JEUnesse (ENJEU)
  22. Montmagny en Transition
  23. Leadnow
  24. Greenpeace
  25. B.C. SeaWolves
  26. Georgia Strait Alliance
  27. NetChange
  28. SumOfUs
  29. Climate Justice Edmonton
  30. Climate Action Network – Réseau action climat Canada
  31. IMatter Halifax
  32. Tanker Free BC
  33. Climate Equity Reference Project Canada
  34. Sierra Club BC
  35. North99
  36. Ontario Clean Air Alliance
  37. Wilderness Committee
  38. Greenspiration
  39. 350.org Canada
  40. La Planète s’invite au Parlement
  41. Dogwood Initiative
  42. Stand.earth
  43. Polaris Institute
  44. KAIROS Canada
  45. The Council of Canadians
  46. The Climate Reality Project Canada
  47. Mouvement écocitoyen UNEplanète
  48. Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion-(BROKE)
  49. Delivering Community Power / Vers des collectivités durables
  50. Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion
  51. Social Environmental Alliance
  52. Reclaim Alberta
  53. Friends of Public Services
  54. Alternatives
  55. Fight for $15 and Fairness
  56. Climate Justice Montreal
  57. Workers Action Centre
  58. Rise and Resist
  59. No More Silence
  60. Courage
  61. West Coast Environmental Law Association
  62. Partners in Health Canada
  63. Force Of Nature Alliance
  64. Solidarity Winnipeg
  65. Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation

Individuals:

  1. K.D. Lang, Musician
  2. Cobie Smulders, Actor
  3. Evangeline Lilly, Actor
  4. Richard Reed Perry, Musician (Arcade Fire)
  5. Ellen Gabriel, Indigenous leader and artist
  6. Dan Mangan, Musician
  7. Neil Young, Musician
  8. William Shatner, Actor
  9. David Suzuki, Scientist
  10. Naomi Klein, writer
  11. Pamela Anderson, Actor
  12. Dave Bidini, Musician (Rheostatics)
  13. Dr. James Maskalyk, Author, Emergency Physician
  14. Eamon McGrath, Musician
  15. Geoff Berner, Musician
  16. Gordon Pinsent, Actor
  17. Claire Boucher, Musician (Grimes)
  18. Jennifer Dale, Actor
  19. Joel Plaskett, Musician
  20. Leah Pinsent, Actor
  21. Mark Z. Jacobson, Cofounder-Solutions Project, 100% Movement
  22. Melissa Auf der Maur, Musician
  23. Peter Keleghan, Actor
  24. Rufus Wainwright, Musician
  25. Shannon Baker, Actor, Model
  26. Victor Garber, Actor
  27. Stephen Lewis, Politician, Diplomat
  28. Laurel Sprengelmeyer, Musician (Little Scream)
  29. The Sadies, Music Band
  30. Kyo Maclear, Author
  31. David Wall, Composer
  32. Broken Social Scene, Music Band
  33. Basia Bulat, Musician
  34. Terra Lightfoot, Musician
  35. Old Man Luedecke, Musician
  36. Lance Sampson aka Aquakultre, Musician
  37. Tania Gill, Musician
  38. Rosina Kazi, Musician (LAL)
  39. Jason Collett, Musician
  40. Simone Schmidt, Musician (Fiver, The Highest Order)
  41. Daniel Romano, Musician
  42. Jessie Stein, Musician (The Luyas)
  43. Tim Darcy, Musician (Ought)
  44. Michele Landsberg, Writer
  45. Ansley Simpson, Musician
  46. Charles Spearin, Musician
  47. Ruby Singh, Musician
  48. Cayley Thomas, Musician
  49. The Weather Station, Music Band
  50. Stars, Music Band
  51. 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.

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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.

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To see the text of the pledge and a list of all endorsers and speakers, visit greennewdealcanada.ca.

For more information and to arrange interviews, contact media@greennewdealcanada.ca.

Heather Badenoch,
Village PR, (613) 859-8232

Montreal
Loujain Kurdi, (514) 577-6657