Going Green for Impact

In Future of Good’s inaugural Twitter chat, we spoke with Mike Morrice, green economy expert, about mobilizing for good.

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 started Future of Good Twitter chats to dive deeper into hot topics that have been resonating with our community. It’s hosted Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. ET. This week we spoke with green economy expert Mike Morrice about political organizing, green jobs, inequality, and impact and the environment. He also expanded on some of the points made in his piece, A Made-in-Canada Green New Deal. Here are some highlights from the conversation.

ORGANIZING MATTERS

Bringing people together to address climate change and its attendant issues will involve a number of actors. It’s not a question of left versus right on the political spectrum.

 

THE TIME IS NOW

Major issues around the globe from floods to hurricanes to droughts are not sustainable. Action for climate is action for economic and social good.

 

IT ALL ADDS UP

A Green New Deal would bring jobs and systemic change for the long-term. “We need to kick-start the economy we need for the future with the money we’re currently using to subsidize the economy of the past,” Morrice says.

 

BLIND SPOTS

When asked about potential cautions, Morrice says to watch out for a lack of inclusiveness, or a sense that a Green New Deal is conceived behind closed doors, or that someone claims to have all the answers. “We must involve as many voices in the conversation as possible if we are to address the system inequalities many people in Canada face everyday.”

 

NEXT UP

For our upcoming #FutureOfGood Twitter Chat, Tara Templin, Director of Innovation and Development at The Refugee Hub will join us to discuss creativity in refugee resettlement and building a refugee innovation lab. Register online and mark your calendar for April 4.