As Guelph City Council debates the acceleration of deadlines to achieve Net Zero, and whether or not to declare a climate emergency, some Guelph citizens are thinking bigger. In two week, those citizens are holding a town hall to talk about what Guelph can do to be part of a Green New Deal.
The concept of a Green New Deal has caught fire among progressive in the United States. Introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey, the Green New Deal couples economic reforms to reduce inequality with environmental reforms to promote sustainability. It’s a nice idea, so Canadian liberals are taking up the cause.
“Political leaders from Guelph and surrounding area are invited to sit in on the conversation,” said a press release from organizers. “These Town Halls, however, are designed as a chance for the people to have their say. Too little has been achieved from the top down. It’s time for the grassroots to come together, chart a course and be heard.”
The Guelph branch is part of several chapters across Canada trying to establish a Green New Deals in their own neck of the woods. Groups taking part include Indigenous Climate Action, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, CUPE Ontario, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Climate Action Network, Fight for $15 and Fairness, Canadian Health Coalition, Greenpeace Canada, 350.org Canada, The Leap, Leadnow, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and more.
If you’re interested in helping to create a Green New Deal for Guelph, the town hall takes place on Thursday June 6 at 7 pm at the Italian Canadian Club, 135 Ferguson Street in the Ward.