The Green New Deal (GND) is a movement to respond to the multiple and interconnected crises faced by humanity in this moment in history. climate crisis

The GND offers the framework for the transformative change required toby build creating a just and sustainable future for everyone. It is far reaching and aims to reach across all levels of government to achieve the “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” that the IPCC report calls for ( IPCC).

The climate emergency 

The Green New Deal is organized around principles of economic justice, Indigenous rights, a livable planet.

It is committed to confronting the roots of the climate crisis in Canada: capitalism and colonialism.

Corporate control of our democratic institutions is a leading barrier to meaningful action against climate change.

A GND seeks economic solutions that lie outside of the Canadian history of accelerating unsustainable resource extraction.

Global

United Nations: The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad)-Unctad secretary general Mukhisa Kituyi said meeting the UN sustainable development goals, which include reining in the heating of the planet, “requires rebuilding multilateralism around the idea of a global Green New Deal, and pursuing a financial future very different from the recent past”.

European Parliament: The European Green Deal, developed by the European Commission, is a roadmap for Europe to become a climate-neutral continent by 2050.

Federal

Green New Deal Champions in Parliament: Eight Green new Deal champions were elected in Canada’s 2019 Federal election: Jenny Kwan, Niki Ashton, Matthew Green, Daniel Blaikie, Alexandre Boulerice, Peter Julian, Don Davies and Leah Gazan – all members of the NDP.

M-1 Green New Deal, Peter Julian: On December 5th, MP Julian re-submitted his Motion in the House of Commons, calling on Parliamentarians to support a Canadian Green New Deal. It remains the first and only legislative initiative before the House of Commons in the 43rd Parliament, advocating for a Green New Deal.

Grassroots

The Leap Manifesto: The writing of The Leap Manifesto was initiated in the spring of 2015 at a two-day meeting in Toronto attended by representatives from Canada’s Indigenous rights, social and food justice, environmental, faith-based and labour movements. As of this writing, it has over 53,000 signatories.

The Manifesto and the coalition-building process that created it was documented by Naomi Klein in her books This Changes Everything and No Is Not Enough, which would go on to provide inspiration for the Sunrise Movement, whose organizing in the summer of 2018 popularized the Green New Deal in headlines in the U.S. and Canada (source: Martin Lukacs, The Green New Deal of the North, Chapter 11 in The Trudeau Formula; Black Rose Books, 2019) 

Le Pacte Pour La Transition (QC): At time of writing, the pact has over 286,000 signatures. The Pacte was written November 2018 in Montréal by Catherine Potvin (climate change expert), Normand Mousseau (energy expert) and François Delorme (economist) worked with Dominic Champagne, Laure Waridel, Patrick Bonin, Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, Alexis Martin, Normand Baillargeon, Vincent Graton and Véronique Côté. It is a pledge of individual action and a call on governments to take responsible action.

The Pact for a Green New Deal: A coalition organization of over 150 partner organizations, the Pact for a Green New Deal held nearly 200 packed town halls across the country over a few weeks in May 2019. The coalition, inspired by Le Pacte, helped to articulate what a Green New Deal could look like for Canada.

Municipal

Declare Climate Crisis: The La Pêche municipality declared a climate crisis in December 2019 in response to our petition and created the Green Fund for sustainable development and environmental protection to support the declaration.

C-40 Group of Mayors: The current mayor of La Pêche, Guillaume Lamoureux, is a member of this organization, whose members represent over 700 million people and one quarter of the global economy. The C-40 group supports a global Green New Deal

In the fall of 2019, following on a peoples’ petition initiated by the Coalition, the Municipal Council of La Pêche resolved to support the Citizens’ Universal Declaration of a climate emergency.

Based on community input from the Coalition’s inaugural Town Hall in June 2019 along with guidance from the Council of Canadians, the Coalition undertook to create and implement a made-in La Pêche Green New Deal.

A work in progress, the Coalition is interacting with the municipality, local organizations, community stakeholders and a diversity of people to ensure the resolution addresses a cross-section of perspectives and that the process is inclusive and transparent. . The preamble for the La Pêche Green New Deal Resolution, states:

WHEREAS the world’s scientists, Indigenous peoples and youth are telling us loudly that we must change course rapidly and stop our use of fossil fuels and restore ecosystems;

WHEREAS the 2018 UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special report warns that to avert climate catastrophe greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions must be reduced by at least 50% by 2030 and 100% by 2050, keeping global temperature increase to 1.5° C. below pre-industrial levels;

WHEREAS the same IPCC report states that this requires “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”;

WHEREAS the 2019 Canada’s Changing Climate Report announced that Canada is warming at double the global rate and Canada’s north at more than double the global rate;

WHEREAS Canada has committed to the Paris Agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to cut emissions by at least 30% by 2030 and 100% by 2050;

WHEREAS Canada and La Pêche (and more than 300 other municipalities in Quebec) have declared a Climate Emergency;

WHEREAS the 2018 IPCC report indicated that mitigation strategies that simultaneously addressed food security, water, health, equity and poverty issues and the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems were most likely to succeed;

WHEREAS a Green New Deal is a transformational project that recognizes the urgency of the climate crisis and the scale of what is necessary for equitable societal and systems transformations;

WHEREAS the biggest challenge of our time deserves the biggest possible response across sectors and regions, and with everything at stake everyone has a role to play;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Municipality of La Pêche will undertake to work with the La Pêche Coalition for a Green New Deal to engage in broad-based consultation across sectors to develop a transformative made-in-La Pêche Green New Deal;

· which simultaneously addresses the climate emergency based on indigenous knowledge and science and honours social justice, equity and human rights

· which supports a sustainable economy and ensures no worker is left behind

and will guide the Municipality of La Pêche in developing policies and initiatives to contribute to a just recovery from the COVID-19 crisis; result in La Pêche being a model for environmental and economic stewardship and commit to a just transition for net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

After careful review, the Coalition is focussing the resolutions on the following priority issues:

Emissions targets

Drinking water and wastewater

Food security / farming / agriculture

Indigenous rights

Transit and transportation

Housing

Members of the public will be invited to contribute to the refinement of the resolutions as they evolve. It is anticipated that the full resolution will be available and downloadable in the spring of 2021 following extensive outreach.


Want to know more?

Learn about where our municipality stands on the climate emergency, how these issues are affecting our community, and what other local organizations are doing to build a better tomorrow.

Learn about how COVID-19 has shaped the Green New Deal and why going back to normal was never an option.

Community members can join the movement by subscribing, attending meetings, offering suggestions, and participating in our actions.