We can’t afford to wait for Trudeau to start governing like we’re in a climate emergency. Our only hope for real climate action is through an unprecedented Climate Emergency Alliance between the NDP and the Green Party.
The Green Party and NDP should form a Climate Emergency Alliance and pledge to do everything in their power to tackle the climate crisis with the urgency it demands. We're calling on both parties to work together in the next federal election to elect as many climate champions as possible. Then, join forces in Parliament to pass ambitious climate legislation.
Green Party Leader Annamie Paul and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh,
I call on you to set aside your partisan differences and form a Climate Emergency Alliance between the Green Party and NDP ahead of the next federal election.
In this Alliance, both of your parties would come together under the promise to do everything in your power to tackle the climate emergency at the pace and scale that science and justice demand.
You would pledge to work together during the election to elect as many climate champions as possible. That means that in ridings where one party has a chance of winning and the other is sitting in third or fourth place, the trailing candidate would stand down and throw their support behind the other, all under the banner of the Climate Emergency Alliance.
After the election, this would mean working together in Parliament to pass ambitious climate legislation in line with a made-in-Canada Green New Deal.
We can’t afford to wait for Justin Trudeau to start governing like we’re in a climate emergency. Nor can we wait several decades for the NDP or Green parties to build enough power to form government. Under our broken voting system, a Climate Emergency Alliance is the best possible option for our climate and our communities.
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Save the date: On Friday April 9th we held a launch event to share more about this campaign strategy. Check out the recording.
The Case for a Climate Emergency Alliance
Facing a climate emergency, Trudeau has failed to reduce emissions, stalled climate accountability legislation, spent billions in subsidies for Big Oil, bought a pipeline that Canada’s own federal agencies say is incompatible with climate action, and failed to deliver a Just Transition Act. If we continue on this track, we’ll lock in devastating wildfires, more extreme weather, costly economic impacts and much worse. There’s election on the horizon, and we can’t afford four more years of this approach.
If the Green Party and NDP work together to elect as many climate champions as possible, then work across party lines to pass climate emergency-level action, they could deliver in a way that neither party could alone.
We can’t afford to wait for Justin Trudeau to start governing like we’re in a climate emergency. Under our broken voting system, a Climate Emergency Alliance is our best chance to win bold climate action like a made-in-Canada Green New Deal
Trudeau promised real climate action, but he still hasn’t delivered. Our best hope is for the Greens and the NDP to work together. Sign @350Canada’s Climate Emergency Alliance petition! #ClimateAlliance #cdnpoli
Trudeau promised real climate action. Six years later, he still hasn’t delivered. Our best hope is a Climate Emergency Alliance between the Greens and the NDP. Sign the petition calling on Jagmeet Singh and Annamie Paul to work together to elect as many climate champions as possible next election.
Amidst all the uncertainty we’re facing in 2021, one thing is crystal clear: Justin Trudeau is failing to tackle the climate crisis. His climate targets are well below what scientists say we need, he has failed to seriously cut emissions over six years in office, he has broken promises to deliver on a Just Transition Act, and so much more.
We can’t afford to wait for Justin Trudeau to start governing like we’re in a climate emergency.
Nor can we wait several years for the NDP or the Green Party to build enough power to form a government.
But if the NDP and the Green Party worked together, they could elect as many climate champions as possible, then use their combined power to pass bold legislation in the House of Commons.
A Climate Emergency Alliance could be a game-changer.
A Climate Emergency Alliance would shine a light on the scale of the climate crisis – and Justin Trudeau’s failure to meet it. An unprecedented, historic alliance would be among the most discussed political issues of the day, forcing Trudeau’s lack of action on climate into the spotlight.
A Climate Emergency Alliance will elect more climate champions who can work together to pass bold legislation. Under our broken first-past-the-post voting system, climate delayers and deniers get elected in ridings where most people want bold climate action. By unifying the climate vote behind strong climate champions, this Alliance helps elect enough leaders to pass the kind of legislation we need.
There are, no doubt, partisan reasons to oppose this Alliance. But with climate scientists giving us less than ten years to avert complete climate catastrophe, we can’t afford to let partisanship rule the day.
There is also widespread support for this idea. When we sent out a survey asking all of you whether we should run this campaign, over 93% of respondents — a mix of Green, NDP, and Liberal supporters — “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that the NDP and the Green Party should work together to tackle the climate emergency.
Need to read a little more before you join in? 350 Canada has prepared a document that makes the Case for a Climate Emergency Alliance. Check it out here.
Is Justin Trudeau taking climate change seriously?
No. Trudeau has taken some action on climate change but it’s nowhere near the scale of action required. Trudeau hasn’t reduced emissions. His Climate Accountability Legislation doesn’t take effect until 2030 and is based on a climate plan that will only reduce emissions by half of what we need. He’s broken his promise to deliver a Just Transition Act, and his government has spent billions on subsidies for Big Oil and bought a pipeline that Canada’s own federal agencies say is incompatible with climate action. Basically, Trudeau’s approach to climate action is like building half of a bridge. It’s something, but it’s not getting you where you need to go.
Is a Green-NDP Climate Emergency Alliance possible?
Yes. Political parties in Canada have taken bigger steps than this to achieve far less important goals. In the past two decades alone, we’ve seen everything from coalition governments to right wing parties merging in pursuit of power, climate inaction, and tax breaks for their wealthy friends.
What would this mean for climate politics in Canada?
A Climate Emergency Alliance could change the national climate debate and the balance of power in the House of Commons, both of which will make it possible for our federal government to take the kind of actions we need.
Right now, we’re sold a false choice between Liberal climate delay and Conservative climate denial. A Climate Emergency Alliance is the best way to change that, giving voters a real choice and hope for a liveable future.
Why hasn’t this already happened?
That’s a good question. The short answer is that too many politicians and political insiders put partisan interests ahead of the public good. But, our politics can be better than this, we just need to demand it. We know that this idea has a tremendous amount of support from climate voters.
Are the parties really that closely aligned?
The truth is that both parties agree on far more than they disagree. Recently, they’ve moved even closer, with NDP and Green MPs voting together on key issues (like climate action, pharmacare and taxing the rich) and putting pressure on the Liberals to cut emissions more aggressively. Most importantly, neither party can take power and realize their vision alone.
Why should Green Party supporters trust the NDP?
Climate advocates are right to question the cozy relationships between some fossil fuel companies and provincial NDP leaders like Rachel Notley and John Horgan.There is also understandable wariness towards a party whose leader and top advisors have failed to champion this issue in a serious way. But while these concerns are valid, they can all be overcome in the forging of a Climate Emergency Alliance. 350 Canada’s research clearly shows that the NDP’s failure to embrace bold climate action is costing the party seats and votes. And, the rise of prominent voices within the party caucus who are championing this kind of action is a sign that the party can shift.
Why should NDP supporters trust the Greens?
There are understandable concerns about the Greens. In the past, the Green Party has embraced climate action without understanding that tackling the climate crisis requires tackling inequality and injustice. Pushing centrist ideas has hurt them with progressives and limited their vision of climate action, falling short of the kind of society-wide mobilization that is needed to tackle this crisis. Add to this that the party, despite increasing its support over the years, has failed to win enough political power to deliver on its climate promises. In other words, the Greens have often had the best climate policy ideas but those ideas have been pushed to the sidelines because they can’t win enough seats to put them on the agenda. The Greens are unlikely to be a party that can govern on their own. But, as Green parties have shown in other parts of the world, they are able to shape policy by working with other progressive parties.
Over the past few weeks, two big climate stories dominated Canadian media. The first was the membership of the Conservative Party of Canada voting down a resolution to acknowledge climate change is real. The second was the Supreme Court upholding the legality of Justin Trudeau’s carbon price. A common thread in both conversations? The NDP was nowhere to be found. Op Ed by Cameron Fenton.
According to the world’s best scientists, we have less than a decade to tackle the climate emergency. Yet, despite lofty promises from Justin Trudeau, Canada’s emissions continue to rise. So, why is the Green Party— our supposed “party of climate action”— building its election strategy around “stealing votes that went to Jagmeet Singh’s New Democratic Party in the 2019 general election”? Op-Ed by Amara Possian.