We need to change the direction that Canada is headed, but right now, none of the candidates running to be Canada’s next Prime Minister has a plan in line with the basic scientific, moral and economic need to stop the expansion of the tar sands. Together, we can change this.
Two weeks after the election, and just a few weeks before the Paris climate talks kick off, we’re going to show up at the Prime Minister’s residence at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa to welcome the Prime Minister, whoever is elected, to work.
For four days, we’ll march on the the Prime Minister’s residence, sit-in and deliver welcome gifts. The gifts will come from all across Canada and come in many forms, from reports detailing how Canada can get off of fossil fuels, to thousands of messages describing why a clean energy future is in all of our best interest (plus a few big surprises).
It will all come together to create a kind of “climate welcoming committee”. We’ll take bold action to demand the government freeze tar sands expansion and come up with a plan to build a just, clean energy economy in Canada. We’ll be risking arrest with our trespass to demonstrate that we don’t have time to wait any longer for politicians to take action, that here and now is our moment of truth on climate.
We will do it in a dignified fashion, because our demands are not radical, but rather show freezing tar sands expansion is a smart, reasonable first step to getting Canada back on track on climate, on respecting Indigenous and treaty rights and on creating the space for a vibrant and just clean energy economy. That means we want to show up like we’re showing up to an interview for a green job or a meeting – because this is serious business.
For the past ten years, this country has become an international pariah on climate change, but it’s time for people in Canada to stop apologizing for our government and take bold action.