Our climate is in crisis.
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 in the upcoming federal election. 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.
If this federal election results in a majority government, it will likely be in power for four of the 11 years we have left to take urgent climate action.
By building a movement of committed climate voters we can create a path to a different future. If we want to ensure a Green New Deal is a deciding issue this election, thousands of us from coast-to-coast-to-coast need to speak up and show up.
This Green New Deal election toolkit will give you ideas of things you can do to put climate justice front and centre in your community this election.
Calling on candidates and parties to adopt a Green New Deal and getting out the vote for it can help build the grassroots power we need to win a Green New Deal after the election, whichever party (or parties) end up forming government.
We decide our future with a Green New Deal. And we can win it by turning up the heat on the parties in the lead-up to the election.
Table of contents
Getting Out The Vote for a Green New Deal
- Organizing voter outreach and canvassing
- Sample canvassing script
- Sample agenda for canvassing training
Creative Election Organizing Ideas
- Grill the parties not the planet
- Grill the Leaders
Organizing an All-Candidates Debate
- Building a team
- Choosing a venue
- Preparing for the meeting
- Getting the word out
Other creative ideas
- Organize a “Souls to the Polls” voting drive
- Chalk the vote
Election Media and Communications
- Key communications tools
- Letters to the Editor
- Media advisories
- Press releases
- Social media