Blog by Amanda Harvey-Sanchez Over the past couple of months, communities across Canada have been coming out to the federal...
We spoke up for the People’s Climate Plan.
In the summer of 2016, Members of Parliament held climate consultations across the country. Thousands mobilized in their communities to speak up for a People’s Climate Plan.
Thank you for being a part of this campaign.
Together, we spoke up for the People’s Climate Plan which calls for three core principles:
|Staying in line with the science of climate change by keeping fossil fuels in the ground.||Building a 100% renewable energy economy by 2050.||Ensuring a just transition for Indigenous peoples, workers, and climate-impacted communities.|
Find more background materials for each of the principles here.
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:
- Share the Wrap Up video for the People’s Climate Plan at the top of the page within your networks. Click here to tweet it. Click here to share on facebook.
- Share the People’s Climate Plan report. Read the report and share it with your friends. You can also deliver it to your MP.
- Plan a climate action meeting with your MP, Click here for steps on how to do it.
- Hold a local meeting to keep organizing in our community. Click here to find some tools on local organizing.
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.
Leadnow is a people-powered advocacy organization that brings people together to work on major issues of our times. Leadnow is currently running three major campaigns that will have a big impact in Canada’s climate policy. You can join the campaign to stop the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline, the campaign to stop the TPP, and the campaign to reform Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system.
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.
The Canadian Youth Climate Coalition seeks to build and strengthen the youth climate justice movement. The CYCC runs various campaigns supporting young people taking action for the climate.
The Council of Canadians is a leading social organization and mobilized a network of 60 chapters across the country. Through campaigns that advocate for clean water, fair trade, green energy, public health care, and a vibrant democracy, they educate and empower people to hold our governments and corporations accountable. You can get involved in climate and energy campaigns like the one on energy Energy East.
Many other groups helped make People’s Climate Plan a succes. Click to see the full list and get information about their campaigns.
350 Kingston, 350 Vancouver, Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE), Citizens United for a Sustainable Planet, Climat Compétences, Climate Justice Saskatoon, CoopSol du Cafe Equitable, The Climate Reality Project Canada, Council of Canadians, Council of Canadians Thunder Bay, Development and Peace, Divest Waterloo, Ecology Action Centre, West Kootenay EcoSociety, East End Against Line 9, Environment Hamilton, Fossil Free Faith Canada, Idle No More, Indigenous Climate Action, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, Kitsilano Indian Band, Leadnow, Leap Manifesto, Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition (MEJC), Responsible Energy Action, Sierra Club Canada Foundation, South Lake Simcoe Naturalists, Stand (formerly ForestEthics), Toronto350, United Church of Canada
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!]
- Meet with your MP. Click here to find steps on how to do it.
- Hold a local meeting to keep organizing in your community. Click here to find some tools on organizing.
Where can I find information materials about the three principles of real climate action?
You can find background information and useful links on our resources page. Use these reference materials to organize discussions in your community.
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