TransMountain approved in a climate emergency

On Monday, Canada declared a climate emergency. Then on Tuesday it approved a pipeline. r1


It’s only Wednesday morning, but this has already been a big week in climate news. On Monday, the House of Commons voted to declare a climate emergency in Canada. Then, yesterday, Justin Trudeau and his cabinet green-lit the TransMountain pipeline – for the second time. And, today, Andrew Scheer is expected to unveil the Conservative party’s climate platform for this fall’s election.1

With all of this, one thing is clear – climate change is finally becoming a top of mind political issue in Canada. And, since everyone is already talking about climate change, we now need to know who actually has an emergency level response plan for dealing with it.

Click here to call on the Leaders’ Debate Commission for a federal leaders’ debate on climate change and the only real solution on the table a Canada Green New Deal -- in the fall election.

We already knew that climate change is an urgent crisis. Frontline communities have been saying it for years. This spring alone we have seen Ottawa Valley flood, wildfires burn Alberta,... and record-breaking heat waves wreak havoc around the globe. Less than 24 hours ago, communities in Northern Alberta were evacuated from wildfires for the second time this summer.2 That is why we deserve to know which of our elected officials has a real plan to tackle the crisis we are in.

The best way to do that is with a federal leaders’ debate. In 2015, more than 11 million people watched the debates, and there was only a single question on climate change. This time, we want to put it front and center, and getting the party leaders to support this will go a long way in making it happen.

But if Trudeau's decision to approve a pipeline less than 24 hours after his government declared a climate emergency proves anything, it's that it's not enough for politicians to simply acknowledge the crisis.

We need to know who actually has an emergency level response plan for dealing with climate change. The best way to do that is with a federal leaders’ debate.
Call for a federal leaders’ debate on climate change here.

Just last week, we hit more than 8,000 signatures on our petition to the Leaders’ Debates Commission calling for a climate debate. At the same time, thousands of us called out the CBC on twitter for refusing to call climate change what it is, a crisis. A few days later, the CBC announced their new climate change reporting project.3

Clearly, people like us speaking up together can make a big difference.



PS - We’ve also set up a tool that makes it easy to call on federal party leaders to issue a public statement in support of a leaders’ debate on climate change. It only takes a few minutes to make a call -- click here and make yours.


1 - Five Things to Remember Ahead of Andrew Scheer’s Climate Plan Rollout

2 - High Level again under evacuation alert, La Crete evacuated as raging wildfire threatens communities

3 - Why CBC News is doing a series on climate change is building a global climate movement. You can connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and r38

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