What could a Green New Deal look like?

At its simplest, a Green New Deal is a bold vision for tackling climate change and inequality at the same time. It’s a plan to deal with climate change at the scale that science and justice demand. A Green New Deal for Canada needs to achieve four goals:

  1. It meets the scale and urgency of the climate crisis, basing prescriptions for climate action on the best available science.
  2. It creates millions of good jobs through a historic economic mobilization to get Canada to 100% renewable energy that works for everyone.
  3. It enshrines dignity, justice, and equity for all, ensuring climate solutions reflect the reality that frontline, marginalized, and Indigenous communities are bearing the brunt of fossil fuel and climate impacts.
  4. It ensures the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It works in service of real reconciliation — respecting the rights, title, and sovereignty of Indigenous Peoples.

For a Green New Deal to truly work for everyone, it must be built from the ground up. That’s why since May 2019, people from coast to coast to coast have been gathering at town halls to crowd-source climate change solutions that will help their communities thrive.

Watch this video to learn more about the solutions they’ve imagined:

These goals and policies do not make up the entirety of a Green New Deal for Canada. That’s why we’re working with allies from across communities, causes, and movements to fight for a broad, transformative vision for a massive economic and social mobilization to tackle the climate crisis. As the movement grows, we look forward to building this vision together.

Photo Credit: Allan Lissner