For Immediate Release
There will be more than 20 local actions to demand just transition legislation in the first 100 days of Parliament
Unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe Territories [OTTAWA] – As part of a national “Climate Code Red” week of action, local communities from coast to coast are calling on the federal government to implement just transition legislation within the first 100 days of Parliament.
WHAT: Events and actions will take place across the country, including webinars, climate cafes, petition drives, and canvassing to demand meaningful just transition legislation.
WHEN & WHERE: Tuesday, October 12 to Sunday, October 17, 2021. There are events planned in more than 20 communities from coast to coast. A list of all confirmed actions and community partners can be found here.
WHO: The week of action is supported by the Council of Canadians, the La Peche Coalition for a Green New Deal, Just Recovery Kingston, TTCriders, the Comox Youth Climate Council, Climate Justice Ottawa, Decarbonize NL, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, the Ontario Federation of Labour, BC Nature, Perth County Sustainability Hub, and several local chapters of the Council of Canadians.
WHY: The federal government isn’t acting quickly enough to address the climate crisis. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised a Just Transition Act in 2019, but he has yet to deliver.
Throughout the Climate Code Red week of action, grassroots groups from coast to coast will be urging newly elected and re-elected MPs to prioritize climate justice and a just transition when Parliament resumes in the coming weeks. This will include petition drives to flood Parliament with waves of support for meaningful just transition legislation.
The week of action is part of an effort by the Council of Canadians to build a network of organized local communities demanding a just transition. Collectively, these communities are working to demand federal legislation that brings that transition to life for everyone.
ABOUT THE COUNCIL OF CANADIANS: Since 1985, The Council of Canadians has brought people together through collective action and grassroots organizing to challenge corporate power and advocate for people, the planet, and our democracy. Alongside opposing new fossil fuel infrastructure, the Council has also been working for a just transition and a just recovery at a community level.
Donya Ziaee, Communications Officer, The Council of Canadians