How the climate crisis can change Canada for the better
The Leap Manifesto, bolder than anything on offer from the major federal political parties, lays out an alternative vision that would get us to 100 per cent renewable electricity within two decades — while building a fairer, more humane society in the process.
… [A] march can only convey slogans, not specifics. And specifics is what we need if Canadians are going to move beyond a decade of relentless Conservative messaging telling us we need to choose between protecting the environment and having a strong economy.
Which is where The Leap Manifesto comes in. It begins to get into the nitty-gritty of how we get from where we are, to where we need to be — and how we pay for it. The document calls not just for renewable energy but “energy democracy” — bringing power generation under democratic community control, with First Nations first in line. It also calls for massive public funding for affordable transit and housing to create a huge wave of green jobs. And it redefines that well-worn category as not just the folks in hard hats putting up wind turbines, but everyone already working in the low-carbon economy: caregivers, health care workers, artists and teachers. It even calls for national debate on a guaranteed income.