Join the Day of Action for a Green and Just Recovery
Join the Day of Action for a Green and Just Recovery
Wednesday September 02, 2020

Promises are not enough. Tell Freeland and Trudeau to make a Green and Just Recovery a reality.

The federal government is about to give the Canadian economy a multi- billion-dollar kick-start in an effort to recover from the COVID-19 health crisis.

And our pressure has been working: The government said last month that a green and just recovery will be their number one priority when Parliament resumes this fall. But big polluters have been relentlessly lobbying the federal government to funnel recovery spending into their pockets instead.

With Trudeau’s government about to lay out its recovery priorities in the upcoming Throne Speech, we don’t have a moment to waste.

Join the Twitterstorm on September 8th & 9th, and help pressure politicians to implement a green and just recovery!

Let’s get started:

Our first target: Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland

Minister Chrystia Freeland is Justin Trudeau’s right-hand woman in the federal government and her role has now been expanded to include managing Canada’s finances. As our society recovers from COVID-19, she should lead the way towards a green and just recovery for all that tackles the climate and biodiversity crises.

Step 1: Say it on Twitter!

Copy the below suggested text into Twitter, or amend to make it your own! Just don’t forget the hashtags.

.@cafreeland you said the #COVID19 recovery should be just & sustainable. But actions speak louder than words. Will the Throne Speech commit us to a green & #justrecovery? @standearth #cdnpoli #greenrecovery #oneearthonevoice pic.twitter.com/tVzRoCNFv8 https://bit.ly/2DfU57D

 

Step 2: Facebook and Instagram

Copy and paste the text below as a comment under Freeland’s last post on Facebook or Instagram, or share it and tag her in a story:

Facebook accounts to tag in your post: @freelandchrystia @standearth

Instagram accounts to tag in your post: @chrystiafreeland @stand.earth

Minister Freeland, I am asking you to publicly commit to a green and just recovery from #COVID19. Your government was elected on a mandate to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises and build a stronger, more inclusive and more resilient country. You have spoken about the need for a sustainable and equitable recovery but we need firm commitments in the upcoming Speech from the Throne. Will you commit to a recovery plan that invests in a green and #JustRecovery that puts people and our planet first? #oneearthonevoice

 

Step 3: Get on the phone!

Call Chrystia Freeland’s constituency office: 416-928-1451

Call the minister’s office: 613-369-3710

Here is some guidance on what you can say:

“Hello Minister Freeland, My name is ________. I am calling to ask you to publicly commit to a green and just recovery. Your government was elected on a mandate to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises and build a stronger, more inclusive and more resilient country. You have spoken about the need for a sustainable and equitable recovery but we need firm commitments in the Speech from the Throne. Will you publicly commit to announcing a recovery plan that invests in a green and just recovery that puts people and our planet first?”

 

Step 4: Send her an email

Email the following addresses using the text below: fin.minfinance-financemin.fin@canada.ca & Chrystia.Freeland@parl.gc.ca

OR: Use our easy tool with pre-filled text instead, and email several key ministers at once.

Suggestions for what you can say:

Dear Minister Freeland,

I want to thank you for your work in these difficult times. As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 health crisis and prepare to rebuild, we cannot go back to the way things were. We need a recovery that puts people first and steers our society towards a climate-safe future. We know that right now the government is working on a longer-term recovery plan. Millions of people in Canada have already raised their voices to ask that government relief helps people, not polluters. But so far, the federal government has not done enough.

As Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, you have a lot of influence when it comes to determining which way the COVID-19 recovery steers our country, and you have spoken in support of a green and just recovery.

To rebuild our country better and stronger after COVID-19, it’s critical that we address the intersecting crises facing society, including: wealth inequality, colonialism, racism and climate change. As such, any economic recovery plan must uphold the following principles of a green and just recovery:

  • A just transition to a sustainable low-carbon economy
  • The protection and restoration of land, freshwater, and ocean ecosystems along with the wildlife that call these places home
  • An end to the use of single-use plastics, and the growth of a circular economy
  • The replacement of toxic chemicals used in agricultural, consumer goods and manufacturing with safer alternatives
  • The development of accessible, affordable and healthy communities and transportation networks
  • A future that prioritizes social and racial justice, economic equity and well-being, built in partnership with Indigenous Peoples and the communities most exposed to environmental harm

COVID-19 has shown us that the classic argument of ‘it’s too expensive’ to justify inaction on climate is simply an excuse. When a threat is taken seriously, your government can and will find the resources required to address it. We need firm commitments from your government in the upcoming Speech from the Throne. Will you publicly commit to announcing a recovery plan that invests in a green and just recovery that puts people and our planet first?

Sincerely,

–Your name

Well done! Now, we do it all one more time.

Our second target: Justin Trudeau

Alongside Minister Chrystia Freeland, Trudeau has also promised a green and just recovery from covid-19. Now is the moment for him to deliver on his government’s promises.

Step 1: Say it on Twitter!

Copy the below suggested text into Twitter, or amend to make it your own! Just don’t forget the hashtags.

.@JustinTrudeau. Last fall, you asked us to Choose Forward. Now, it's your turn. Will you listen to Canadians and ensure that the Throne Speech commits us to a green & #justrecovery from #covid19? @standearth #cdnpoli #greenrecovery #oneearthonevoice pic.twitter.com/46B27Io3S8

 

Step 2: Facebook and Instagram

Copy and paste the text below as a comment under Trudeau’s last post on Facebook or Instagram, or share it and tag him in a story:

Facebook accounts to tag: @JustinPJTrudeau @standearth

Instagram accounts to tag: @justinpjtrudeau @stand.earth

Prime Minister Trudeau, I am asking you to publicly commit to a green and just recovery from #COVID19. Your government was elected on a mandate to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises and build a stronger, more inclusive and more resilient country. You have spoken about the need for a sustainable and equitable recovery but we need firm commitments in the upcoming Speech from the Throne. Will you commit to a recovery plan that invests in a green and #JustRecovery that puts people and our planet first? #oneearthonevoice

 

Step 3: Get on the phone!

Call Justin Trudeau’s constituency office: 1-514-277-6020

Call the Prime Minister’s office: 1-613-995-0253

Here is some guidance on what you can say:

“Hi I have a message for the Prime Minister. My name is ________. I am calling to ask you to publicly commit to a green and just recovery. Your government was elected on a mandate to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises and build a stronger, more inclusive and more resilient country. You have spoken about the need for a sustainable and equitable recovery but we need firm commitments in the Speech from the Throne. Will you publicly commit to announcing a recovery plan that invests in a green and just recovery that puts people and our planet first?”

 

Step 4: Email Trudeau

Email the following address using the text below: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca

OR: Use our easy tool with pre-filled text instead, and email several key ministers at once.

Suggestions for what you can say:

Dear Prime Minister,

I want to thank you for your work in these difficult times. As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 health crisis and prepare to rebuild, we cannot go back to the way things were. We need a recovery that puts people first and steers our society towards a climate-safe future. We know that right now the government is working on a longer-term recovery plan. Millions of people in Canada have already raised their voices to ask that government relief helps people, not polluters. But so far, the federal government has not done enough.

To rebuild our country better and stronger after COVID-19, it’s critical that we address the intersecting crises facing society, including: wealth inequality, colonialism, racism and climate change. As such, any economic recovery plan must uphold the following principles of a green and just recovery:

  • A just transition to a sustainable low-carbon economy
  • The protection and restoration of land, freshwater, and ocean ecosystems along with the wildlife that call these places home
  • An end to the use of single-use plastics, and the growth of a circular economy
  • The replacement of toxic chemicals used in agricultural, consumer goods and manufacturing with safer alternatives
  • The development of accessible, affordable and healthy communities and transportation networks
  • A future that prioritizes social and racial justice, economic equity and well-being, built in partnership with Indigenous Peoples and the communities most exposed to environmental harm

COVID-19 has shown us that the classic argument of ‘it’s too expensive’ to justify inaction on climate is simply an excuse. When a threat is taken seriously, your government can and will find the resources required to address it.

We need firm commitments from your government in the upcoming Speech from the Throne. Will you publicly commit to announcing a recovery plan that invests in a green and just recovery that puts people and our planet first?

Sincerely,

–Your name

That’s it – you did it!

Right now we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a more just, sustainable, and healthy Canada – a Canada that works for everyone, not just the few. But big polluters are pushing the federal government to funnel recovery spending into their pockets instead.

So thank you for countering the lobbying efforts of Big Oil and keeping the call for a green and just recovery front and centre.

Together, our voices are powerful.