On July 17th, join thousands of people across the country to say:

CBC, It is Time to Change the Debate

Take action to demand that the CBC host a federal leaders’ debate on climate change and a Green New Deal during the October election. 

As our public broadcaster, the CBC has a moral obligation to make sure that every single person in Canada knows which of our leaders have a real plan to tackle the climate crisis. Read the full plan.
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Here’s our plan:

We’re in a climate emergency. Fires, floods, and rising temperatures are already ravaging our communities. The government we elect in the 2019 election will lead us through four of the 11 remaining years scientists have given us to act on climate. This is an opportunity our movement can’t afford to miss. Over 11 million people tune in to watch federal leaders’ debates during Canadian elections — and every one of them deserves to know which of our politicians has a real plan to tackle the biggest crisis of our time.

As our public broadcaster, funded by public money, the CBC has the power to organize a federal leaders’ debate and a responsibility to listen to the people. If enough of us take action on July 17th, we’ll give the CBC a clear mandate to host a leaders’ debate on climate change.

Thousands of people already support this demand. Over 10,000 people spoke up this summer to demand that Canada’s Leaders’ Debates Commission host a debate on climate change and a Green New Deal in October’s election. It’s working, but the Debates Commission can’t organize this debate on their own. With a broadcaster like the CBC on board, we can make sure a full debate on climate change and Canada’s Green New Deal happens.

We have to act now as CBC officials finalize their plans for their elections coverage. That’s why, during the six o’clock news on July 17th, we will gather outside CBC studios across the country to send a clear message: Canada needs a federal leaders’ debate on climate change and a Green New Deal.

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On July 9th, we held a webinar about the plan for this day of action and how every single person across the country can get involved. If you missed it check out the recording:

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FAQs

What will the actions look like?

With climate change driving more and more dangerous wildfire seasons in Canada, we want to bring the urgency of the climate crisis and climate impacts to the forefront. On July 17th, during the six o’clock news, thousands of people from coast to coast to coast will gather outside CBC studios with messages calling on the CBC to host a federal leaders’ debate on climate change and a Green New Deal. 

Can I still organize an action if there isn’t a CBC studio in my community? 

Yes! If there isn’t a CBC office in your community, choose an alternative location— think of places in your community that have been, or are likely to be, impacted by climate change.

What do I need to organize an action in my community?

It only takes 5 minutes to add your event to our map by filling out this form. Our organizing team will follow up with you to make sure you have support every step of the way.

Why call on the CBC?

The CBC is our public broadcaster, funded by public money. So, we’re calling on them to act in the public interest by hosting a debate on the most urgent crisis of our time. They also have a responsibility to play a key role sharing critical information on national emergencies, like the climate emergency our government declared in mid-June. We want every broadcaster in Canada, and the Leaders’ Debates Commission, to pay attention and that’s why we’ll be taking action all across the country. 

The CBC has also listened to us when it comes to covering climate change. Just a few weeks ago, after thousands of us called out the CBC on twitter for refusing to call climate change a crisis, the CBC announced their new climate change reporting project. The CBC said they launched this project because people like you have been “asking the media to do a better job by providing more facts about what is happening and more coverage of possible solutions.” Hosting a federal leaders’ debate on climate change and a Green New Deal would be another step in the right direction.

What about the petition to the Leaders’ Debates Commission?

The Federal Leaders’ Debates Commission is, in part, responsible for organizing two major federal leaders’ debates — one in English and one in French. After hearing from over 10,000 people across the country, the commission agreed that climate change is an important issue, but that they need broadcasters on side if we’re going to get a full debate on climate change and Canada’s Green New Deal. That’s why we’re turning to the CBC to demand Canada’s first Federal Leaders’ Debate on climate change.

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CBC, host a leaders' debate on climate

The CBC's journalistic standards and practices state that it’s their responsibility, in the event of a national emergency, to provide important and timely information to the people. On June 19th, Canada declared a state of climate emergency and since then, we've seen wildfires, drought, and extreme heat ravage communities across the country.

The best way for the CBC to respond to this emergency is to host a federal leaders' debate on climate change and a made-in-Canada Green New Deal.

As the CBC’s Editor in Chief and General Manager, Jennifer McGuire has the power to make this debate happen. Sign the petition to demand that the CBC's senior leadership step up and make sure we have the information we need to elect a government that will deal with the climate crisis.

Dear Jennifer McGuire and CBC Management,

The federal election is around the corner. The CBC needs to host a leaders’ debate on climate change and the only real solution to this crisis: a Green New Deal for Canada.


The federal election is around the corner. The CBC needs to host a leaders’ debate on climate change and the only real solution to this crisis: a Green New Deal for Canada.

Dear Jennifer McGuire and CBC Management,

The federal election is around the corner. The CBC needs to host a leaders’ debate on climate change and the only real solution to this crisis: a Green New Deal for Canada.

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