Green New Deal


Organizing GuideWho decides what our climate future will be? Will it be the defenders of the status quo who have caused the interconnected economic, climate, health, and water crises we’re facing? Or will it be people and communities?

Help win a Green New Deal by turning your community into a Green New Deal Community. Together, we can build a Green New Deal from the ground up.

You can use this Organizing Guide to raise awareness in your community and build support for a Green New Deal. This guide contains everything you need for your local city or town council or school board to pass a resolution in support of a Green New Deal.

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We are living in a global climate crisis. Scientists have given us just 11 years to cut our emissions in half in order to avoid catastrophic impacts and the crisis moving beyond our control. To do that, we must see “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.”

The Pact for a Green New Deal

The Council is part of the Pact for a Green New Deal, a growing movement of people across Canada who understand that governments are not doing enough to solve the climate crisis – and we hope you will be a part of it.

The Pact for a Green New Deal calls for rapid, inclusive and far-reaching just transition led by the federal government, to slash emissions, meet the demands of the multiple crises we face, respect the rights of Indigenous peoples, and create over 1 million jobs in the process. It is a proposal that is gaining in popularity among people and groups from all walks of life, especially young people who know their futures are at stake.

It means making all our communities healthier. It means reconnecting and feeling safe again. It means all of society heeding the call from young people, and coming together to avert disaster, planning not just how to sustain this generation, but the seven that come after it. A Green New Deal in Canada must lift us all, together.

Inspired by Québec’s Le Pacte pour une transition and the Green New Deal campaign Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is championing in the U.S., the Council of Canadians has joined with progressive groups, organizations and people from coast-to-coast-to-coast in calling for a Green New Deal in Canada to meet the demands of justice and the climate crisis.

A Green New Deal rests on two fundamental principles:

  • It must be based on Indigenous knowledge and science and cut Canada’s emissions in half in 11 years.

  • It must leave no one behind and create a better present and future for all of us.