Floods, heat waves, wildfires, and other disasters all point to the fact that we’re in a climate emergency. As student activist Greta Thunberg says, “the house is on fire and we need to act like it.”
This federal election, we need to light a fire under candidates so they feel – and act on – the urgency of the crisis.
The stakes are high. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned we have until 2030 to reduce climate pollution by at least 50 per cent to prevent the climate crisis from becoming climate catastrophe. In Western countries like Canada, which have had a disproportionate impact on the crisis, the emissions reductions needed are likely even more significant.
The Council of Canadians is non-partisan, so we won’t tell you who to vote for, but we will give tools you can use in your community to inform, engage and encourage people to vote.
In the weeks leading up to the election, we urge you to call on candidates and parties to adopt a Green New Deal and to take action on the progressive values we share such as protecting water and public health care, ending trade deals that put corporate interests ahead of ours, and provide leadership for the urgent changes needed for our warming planet. Read and share the Council of Canadians’ 2019 Voter’s Guide, sign the Voter’s Pledge, and organize actions in your community.
On October 21, vote!