With growing concern about the grim realities of the climate crisis and diminishing energy resources globally, we are organizing to win Green New Deals for our communities.
We are supporting communities fighting energy projects that will destroy their land, water and air. We are working to stop pipelines that will bring fracked natural gas and tar sands crude to new markets, and supporting the efforts of communities to say “no” to fracking.
We are pushing the Canadian government for strong policies that protect our environment and focus on renewable and sustainable energy solutions – policies that serve people and the planet, not corporate greed. Pressing for immediate government action on the climate crisis is central to our efforts.
We work as part of a global climate justice movement calling for “system change, not climate change.”
The climate crisis demands urgent action to transition to a low-carbon future. Canada is going in the wrong direction – we are stuck in the tar sands, the fastest growing source of our greenhouse gas emissions. Our government’s focus on export-oriented trade in the name of becoming an “energy superpower” is trumping needed action on climate change and energy security. Climate justice demands that we address the root causes of the climate crisis, including unsustainable production, consumption and trade. We need a just transition for workers and communities as the economy moves to a low-carbon future. Worker-led solutions will ensure the transition is just, equitable and leaves no one behind. Real solutions to the climate crisis must be based on democratic accountability, ecological sustainability and social justice.
Local climate justice campaigns
In the face of global and national inaction, local communities play a vital role in advancing climate justice.
The Council of Canadians works with our chapters and allies to advance local campaigns to challenge climate crimes, advance real solutions to the climate crisis, and broaden the Canadian movement for climate justice. Examples of local climate justice actions you can take include participating in a transition town, stopping a pipeline or fracking project, and demanding public and community ownership of renewable energy projects.