Climate Emergency Alliance

We’re in a climate emergency.  Canadian politicians are failing to lead with courage to tackle this crisis. That’s why we’re building a Climate Emergency Voters Alliance to elect climate champions in the upcoming federal election and hold them accountable after voting day. 

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The climate emergency is at our doorstep and our politicians refuse to lead with courage to tackle this crisis. That’s why we’re building an unprecedented alliance of cross-partisan voters who will rally behind true climate champions who can change the status quo of political inaction on the climate crisis.

Let’s build the people power we need to elect climate champions this fall, and hold every single MP accountable to bold action on the climate crisis after the election.

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350 Canada’s endorsed candidates are bold leaders who we believe will push the envelope and take risks in Parliament to champion action on the climate emergency. So far, we’ve released our 3 round of endorsements. To learn more about why we’ve endorsed these candidates, check out our blogs.

Our Plan

One September 9th 2021, we held a Climate Emergency Voters Alliance E-Rally where we shared our plans to bring real change to Canada’s climate politics in this election. If you missed it, check out this recording:

FAQs

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 sets climate targets that are far below what experts say is Canada’s fair share. 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.

What happened to your campaign for a Green-NDP Climate Emergency Alliance?

A few months ago we launched a campaign calling on the Green Party and the NDP to form a Climate Emergency Alliance. Our theory, based on exhaustive research and modelling, was that only by working together could parties with stronger climate ambition than our current government win enough seats to deliver on climate.

Unfortunately, but unsurprisingly, the only people to embrace this idea were voters, grassroots party organizers and a few candidates who truly understand the scale of this crisis and the need for bold, ambitious solutions. The party leaders and their advisors put partisan politics ahead of a bold climate vision.

That’s why we’re shifting from calling for a Climate Emergency Alliance between the NDP and Greens to building a Climate Emergency Voting Alliance. Because, like all the best ideas in politics, this one is going to have to come from the bottom up.

Instead of asking the parties to come together to elect climate champions, we’re going to do it ourselves, building a cross-Canada voting alliance to back the kind of bold, ambitious climate action we need.

 

Blogs

No matter what happens tonight

Before polls closed on Sept 20, our campaign manager, Amara Possian, sent out one last e-mail with some reflections on the campaign.

The Climate Question Debate Moderators Should have Asked – Will You Keep it in the Ground?

Last night, federal leaders gathered for the one and only English language debate of this election. The good news was that, for the first time ever, there was an entire debate segment about climate change. The bad news is that it missed the mark and failed to give voters the information they need, namely whether or not any of our political parties actually have a plan to meet the climate emergency.

How we picked key battlegrounds

Key battlegrounds are close races where climate champions have the potential to defeat Liberal climate delayers and Conservative climate deniers.

What makes a game changing climate champion in 2021?

Game Changers are activists and social movement leaders who are running for office to address the roots of the climate crisis, inequality, and colonization. If elected, these Game Changers could transform Canada’s political status quo.

What Makes a Climate Champion in 2021?

On August 20th, 350 Canada announced our first set of endorsements for the 2021 election.  These are our “defending champions,” the incumbent candidates who, over the course of the last parliamentary session, did the most to champion the kind of climate action we need to see. 

The election has been called, here’s what comes next

This will be an election in the middle of a climate emergency. The stakes couldn’t be higher. That’s why I’m writing to let you know about our plan to raise the bar for climate leadership in this critical election

Our plan for the upcoming election

We’re shifting from calling for a Climate Emergency Alliance between the NDP and Greens to building a Climate Emergency Voting Alliance. Because, like all the best ideas in politics, this one is going to have to come from the bottom up.

Media

August 31, 2021 – 350 Canada Endorses Seven “Game Changer” Climate Champions

For Immediate Release

Endorsed candidates would bring decades of experience in climate advocacy to the House of Commons

Toronto, ON – Today, 350 Canada released its second round of candidate endorsements for the 2021 election, naming seven “Game Changers” running in the 2021 election. 

“Each and every one of these candidates has spent years, if not decades, fighting for climate justice,” said Amara Possian, Campaign Director with 350 Canada. “Politics-as-usual isn’t working when it comes to tackling the climate crisis and neither are “usual politicians.” Adding these voices to the House of Commons could go a long way in electing a parliament that will actually meet the climate emergency.” 

Each of the seven “game changers” have their own records of climate advocacy and activism. On the west coast, both Avi Lewis and Anjali Appadurai are leading voices in the climate movement. In the BC Interior, Joan Philip is an Indigenous leader deeply involved in opposing the Trans Mountain pipeline. In Saskatchewan, Tria Donaldson has been both a climate activist and union organizer, giving her a unique and important understanding of the need for a just transition. Parkdale-High Park candidate Paul Taylor has spent years working on addressing poverty, food security and climate change in Toronto, while in PEI, Anna Keenan is another longtime climate activist, having worked across Canada and around the globe building the climate movement. And, in Labrador, Amy Norman is a young Inuk woman who has lived on the frontlines of climate change her entire life and who will champion ambitious action on the climate emergency in a way that centres justice for those most impacted. 

“We need to elect Members of Parliament who will push for a moratorium on fossil fuel expansion and a just transition that supports working people and communities,” Possian explained.  “These seven Game Changer Climate Champions will do just that”.  

 

More information on all of 350 Canada’s endorsements can be found at climatealliance.ca 

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Contact: Cam Fenton, cam@350.org, 604-369-2155

 

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