Read our recently published report summarizing people’s contributions to over 54 town halls from coast to coast to coast.
This report demonstrates that people have made their position clear. We want a climate strategy that will work for people and the planet — that means subsidies to the fossil fuel industry and new infrastructure projects like pipelines have no place in Canada. We want a strategy which recognizes that all new energy projects must respect indigenous rights and the voices of communities across the country.
What now? Keep Organizing!
Here are the most immediate steps you can take to hold the government accountable:
Here are the campaigns being led by the same organizations that made the People’s Climate Plan a success. Visit their websites to learn about their campaigns:
350.org is part of a global climate justice movement that seeks to keep fossil fuels in the ground by growing a people-powered movement. In Canada, its work focuses on national campaigns to freeze tar sands expansion, support opposition to pipelines like Energy East and Kinder Morgan, and work in solidarity with the struggle for Indigenous rights.You can get involved in the fight against the Kinder Morgan.
Climate Reality Project is the Canadian component of a global movement and a non-partisan advocacy group. Its work seeks to raise awareness among all Canadians to motivate them to become active participants in solving the climate crisis. It does so with training, engaging the public with presentations, media and conversations, and by promoting solutions at all levels. You can get involved by inviting a climate reality leader to speak to your workplace, school, or community group. Targeted presentations help your network learn more about ways we as Canadians can reduce our carbon footprint, through individual, community, provincial and national projects.
When will the government release its climate plan? Are the town halls over?
The working groups creating the basis of the national climate strategy have already drafted their final reports, and the government portal is now closing. Because the period for public input is finished, there won’t be more town halls organized.
Right now, a Premiers meeting is scheduled for December 8-9th in Ottawa, where it’s likely that the national climate strategy should be unveiled.
What can I do to hold the government accountable this fall?
Before the release of the national climate strategy, we will be putting out a report on what communities said during the town halls. We encourage you to keep calling on the government to take ambitious measures that keeps fossil fuels reserves in the ground to meet our Paris commitment, that transition our economy to 100% by 2050, and is just for Indigenous Peoples and workers. Let’s ensure the government doesn’t take action that lock us into a 20th century economy and instead take the kind of ambitious climate action we organized for, and build the kind of just transition we need.
We hope you can get involved in campaigns at the local, municipal, regional, provincial and federal levels. Here are some suggestions of actions you can take:
Share the video on social media and in your networks to make it clear that thousands mobilized across the country and expect real climate action. Click here to share the video.
Share the report when it comes out, and deliver it to your MP [more soon!]