A Made-in-Canada Green New Deal

It’s time our ambition rises to meet the scale of the challenges we face

Why It Matters

Current efforts are an insufficient response to the climate crisis. In the U.S., a Green New Deal resolution has been put forward by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It proposes a social, industrial, and economic mobilization on a scale not seen since the Second World War and the New Deal. Is this needed in Canada? What could it look like here? And where do we start?

We are living in a pivotal moment in time.

Climate scientists tell us we have until 2030 to halve our carbon impact if we hope to sustain human life on this planet. The devastating impacts of extreme weather events are all around us: from wildfires in BC, to flooding in the Maritimes, to extreme heat deaths in Quebec.

At the same time, we face a spate of interconnected crises: economic inequality, gaps in our healthcare system, and household debt among them. We live in a time when 46 percent of Canadians are hovering on financial insolvency and the top 20 percent of Canadians control almost 70 percent of the

 


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