On August 31st, 350 Canada released our second set of endorsements for the 2021 election.
This time, we focused on “Game Changers”— a set of 7 candidates, most of whom are running for the first or second time in their lives, who will bring critical voices and vision to Parliament. Game Changers are activists and social movement leaders who are running for office to address the root causes of the climate crisis: inequality, racism and colonialism. All of these candidates have deep roots in their respective communities and long histories of demanding action on social and climate justice. If elected, these Game Changers could transform Canada’s political status quo, ushering in ambitious action on the climate emergency that improves the lives of working people across the country.
On the west coast, both Anjali Appadurai and Avi Lewis are leading voices in the climate justice movement and vocal advocates for a made-in-Canada Green New Deal. In the BC Interior, Joan Philip is an Indigenous leader deeply involved with the resistance to the Trans Mountain pipeline. In Saskatchewan, Tria Donaldson has been both a climate activist and union organizer, giving her a unique and important perspective on the critical need for a just transition. Parkdale-High Park candidate, Paul Taylor, has spent years working on addressing poverty, food insecurity, and climate change in Toronto. While in PEI, Anna Keenan is another long-time climate activist, who has worked across Canada and around the globe building and strengthening 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 is championing a platform that meets the urgency of the crisis while centering economic justice and Indigenous rights.
We applied similar criteria to the first round to these Game Changers;
- Bold community organizers, movement leaders, and activists with a track record and experience that proves they will push the envelope and fight for the kind of climate emergency action we need.
- Champions who will take risks, organize their communities and fellow Members of Parliament, and work across party lines to implement legislation to stop fossil fuel expansion and legislate a just transition for all that puts us on a path to a made-in-Canada Green New Deal.
- People-powered politicians who listen and respond to the demands of movements and climate organizers to advance the kind of action we need.
In addition to their records, we looked at polls and projections to find Game Changer candidates who have a chance of winning their ridings if climate voters rally behind them. That doesn’t mean they’re shoe-ins, or even favourites, but they all have a good shot at winning if we rally behind them and organize our communities to do the same.
Very soon we will roll out our next round of endorsements, a set we’re calling “Key Battlegrounds.” These endorsements will lift up potential climate champions who have a good chance of unseating a climate denier or a climate delayer.
If you know a candidate who deserves our endorsement, you can nominate them here.
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.
350 Canada’s Game Changer Climate Champions are:
- Amy Norman (Labrador)
- Anna Keenan (Malpeque)
- Anjali Appadurai (Vancouver Granville)
- Avi Lewis (West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country)
- Joan Phillip (Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola)
- Paul Taylor (Parkdale—High Park)
- Tria Donaldson (Regina—Lewvan)