As our communities face the devastating wildfires this summer, federal politicians are engaging with constituents at barbecues and meet-and-greets. It’s time to turn up the heat on our government’s slow progress towards a just transition.
You’ve been blazing the path to change, working tirelessly alongside people from coast to coast to coast to keep a just transition front and centre. Although the Liberal government has finally taken some steps with their Sustainable Jobs Plan and forthcoming legislation, they’re still not listening to our demands for a transition that prioritizes communities over corporations.
Now, as legislation is introduced and debated, we need to keep the pressure on our MPs. Luckily, BBQ season offers the perfect opportunity to spice things up.
We know that our decision-makers won’t act unless they feel the heat from their constituents. That’s why we need to grill our MPs on their support for just transition legislation. Together, let’s ensure that Indigenous consent, sovereignty, and knowledge take centre stage, and that workers and communities are put before corporate interests.
Our teams at the Council of Canadians and 350 Canada are here to back you up every step of the way. We’re just an email away, ready to provide the support and guidance you need to make a real difference.
A just transition is the process of supporting fossil fuel workers, along with other affected workers and communities across the country, as we decarbonize the economy and phase out fossil fuels. It’s also crucial that a just transition improves wages and working conditions for those already doing low-carbon work.
This transformative process must be guided by affected workers and their communities, particularly Indigenous peoples in those areas, as well as all Indigenous nations upon whose land Canada exists. Federal legislation must be enacted to mandate and finance society-wide action to decarbonize our economy and guarantee that no one is left behind in the process.