Earth Day Dear Friend,

This Earth Day, we are celebrating our collective power to protect people and the planet.

Honouring our shared home means more than empty gestures and hollow promises — it demands urgent political action.

While our provincial and federal governments have failed to match the scale and urgency of the climate crisis, the good news is that local communities are organizing to take things into their own hands and winning the transformative changes we need.

They are raising the bar on tackling the climate crisis by building their own local Green New Deals.

Across Canada, the U.S., and the UK, 15 communities — a combined population of over 31 million people — have begun implementing local Green New Deals.

Three municipalities in Canada — Vancouver, Halifax, and Cumberland — have already won major victories in passing Green New Deals. Read more about those efforts here Community organizing can have a decisive impact on local climate justice policies and plans. Municipalities have control over activities that account for nearly half of all greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. They can also apply upward pressure for climate justice on the provincial, territorial, and federal governments.

The Council of Canadians is providing direct support for campaigns led by local organizers and movements. We connect communities in different places to learn and develop strategies together and tell the story of our Green New Deal to broader movements and audiences.

This Earth Day, we hope you take action to protect people and the planet by working towards a Green New Deal where you live.

If you want your community to be the next one to build a local Green New Deal, get involved here. Build a local Green New Deal Together, we are learning, making tangible change in our communities, and reclaiming political power for people and the planet. We hope you’ll join us.

In solidarity,
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