In early December, local activists in Nelson, B.C. tackled the question of “what is the Green New Deal?” in a voting action evening held in the Nelson United Church Hall.
The one-page statement included seven parts agreed to after a ranked vote process. While the Nelson Statement cannot define the Green New Deal since it is a national initiative, it does represent the priorities of the Nelson group of over 30 people, most of them climate activists.
Eighteen propositions drawn from lists created by Green New Deal town halls held across Canada and in Nelson were voted on at the meeting. “Uphold Indigenous Rights” took the most votes, followed by “Keep it in the Ground.” Third-ranked was “Protect Biodiversity and Nature.”
Voting did not go entirely smoothly at the event. “This isn’t fair,” one participant said. “I want to vote for all of them.” In the end the group decided to blend several of the propositions together and increase the total to seven including:
1. Uphold Indigenous rights