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"The Pact for a Green New Deal": Visionary Roadmap From Canadian Coalition Launched

"The Pact for a Green New Deal": Visionary Roadmap From Canadian Coalition Launched

Andrea Germanos, staff writer

A broad Canadian coalition representing scores of groups unveiled a visionary roadmap on Monday for a Green New Deal that tackles the climate crisis as well as social and economic justice.

The unprecedented changes in society necessary to rein in global warming, according to organizers of the new effort, are also "an unprecedented opportunity to build justice and prosperity."

That opportunity is laid out in The Pact for a Green New Deal.

Remember what Ralph Nader wrote— we can no longer say climate change----it has to be in REAL and IMMEDIATE ACTION words…like climate crisis, climate climate disaster, and on and on with volatility, menace, horror, death-----disrupter, catastrophe-----when we use real words to make real actions urgent and immediate!

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excellent reminder!

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The fossil fuel industry receives a lot of criticism these days, and rightfully so. But in the final analysis, we are the ones who support the energy industry and it is our standard of living that will need to change. So contemplate what you can do for the cause

Personal Actions

End our love affair with the automobile

Ride more trains and buses

Car pool

Walk and bike more

Turn off the air conditioner in the summer and dial the thermostat down in winter

Become vegetarians or vegans

Refill plastic water bottles with tap water

Discontinue using aluminum cans with and without carbonation

Maximize use of reusable bags and products

Recycle junk mail

Forego fast junk food

Go to “slow food”;

Recycle maximally, especially aluminum cans

Drive and accelerate more slowly

Climb more stairs

Plant more trees

Forego use of spray cans

Ride more trains and buses

Repair, mend and alter as much as possible

Buy solar panels

Compost as much as possible

Last person out of the room turn off the lights

Eat and farm organic

Ride more trains and buses

Fly fewer planes

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Use manual tools instead of power tools

Share more

Use rakes rather than leaf blowers

Decrease use of bottled water and refill plastic bottles with tap water

Maximize reusable bags and products

Push rather than power small mowers

Replace lawns with vegetable gardens

Stop fertilizing and mowing lawns

Compost as much as possible

Minimize use of disposables (Pampers);

Maximize high efficiency LED and solar powered lighting;

Limit endless gadgets

Use motion lighting, where appropriate

Decrease consumption

Limit family size

Local Government Actions

Reorganize cities, building taller residences with a smaller footprint (the end of suburbia)

Institute a carbon tax

Promote car pooling subsidize and expand mass transit

Expand bike paths

Have shareable (zip) cars

Ban electric outdoor signs;

Eat and farm organic

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Eliminate approximately 50% of all street lighting and office lighting in unoccupied buildings

eliminate “fast junk food”; go to “slow food

replace

Federal Government Actions

Eliminate subsidies to fossil fuel corporations

Ban gasohol

Rein in the militaries for defense only and outlaw war

Further shrink nuclear arsenals and increase treaties

Discontinue night baseball

Promote making electronics, house wares, furniture, etc to be as durable and long-lived as possible

Promote recycling

Set standards for making appliances to be as energy efficient as possible

Discontinue single use aluminum cans

Ban electric outdoor signs

Subsidize solar and wind power;

Change from petroleum based fertilizers to regenerative agriculture

Reverse deforestation, plant more trees

Restrict spray cans

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Promote zero population growth with free condoms and family planning world-wide

End yearly auto model changes;

Proscribe junk mail

Scrap the mission to Mars

Adjust tax laws to limit family size

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Humanity is SO screwed

Whenever I see the slogan “To Change Everything, We Need Everyone” I know they explicitly plan to exclude people who advocate for any solution other than 100% renewable and toss them under the bus. And seeing Neil Young and David Suzuki involved only underscores that. If they can actually sell the Canadian public on this, more power to them, but I give it better odds this is only going to deepen social and political divisions and harden opposition.

So, basically everything and anything except addressing the root cause.
This article explains the problem better than i could:
https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/05/06/crisis-afflicted-humanity-is-like-an-alzheimers-patient-lost-in-the-forest/

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You are likely correct. Just how do we get through to Bubba that he should get rid of his 4dr extended cab pick-up truck?

As a long time Green Party supporter up here in Canada, I grow a little more optimistic about our next election. Up until yesterday we had only one Green Party Member in Parliament. Yesterday a Green party member won a Federal by election here in BC by a significant margin. What is most encouraging is that the Conservative opposition a distant second place losing out even as there was significant vote splitting between the Green Party Candidate and the NDP.

Our Federal elections this fall and I would really like to see the Greens get at least a half dozen more seats.

(The Green Party also won a number of seats in a Provincial election in Prince Edward Island recently going from 2 seats to 8 getting 30 percent of the vote)

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Yes, and while the situation down here in the South 48 is dire, it is not as dire as many of the cynics and nihilists in these forums would have us believe. I have never seen such a collection of smug, “The-world-will-end-tomorrow” naysayers, proud to continue exhaling their quota of carbon while trying to persuade others that they too should pretend to throw in the towel.