Town hall for new ‘green deal’ scheduled for Bridgewater

Bridgewater will be host to one of more than 150 town halls on the newly announced Pact for a Green New Deal.

Inspired by Le Pacte in Quebec, a climate action pledge which has already garnered more than 270,000 signatures, The Pact for a Green New Deal calls on workers, Indigenous communities, students, trade unions, migrants, community organizations and people across the country to define a plan for a safe future and more prosperous present that meets the demands of science and justice, according to a news release.

The Bridgewater town hall will take place May 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre. Alex Godbold and the South Shore Chapter of the Council of Canadians are hosting the event. The group hopes to attract a number of residents and local politicians to hear what Canadians want included in the pact.

In less than a week, town halls have been planned from Port Alberni to Edmonton to St. John's, Newfoundland, and in all major cities across the country, in both official languages, all organized by local volunteers.

On the same day the UN released its dire report on the state of the planet's biodiversity, a growing movement of youth, artists, workers, Indigenous peoples, scientists and faith leaders, including more than 60 organizations, unions and associations, launched a Pact for a Green New Deal in three cities across the country.

The coalition includes CUPE Ontario, the Canadian Health Coalition, the Canadian Unitarian Council, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Indigenous Climate Action Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) and the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, as well as 50 prominent Canadians, including K.D. Lang, Rufus Wainwright, Dr. David Suzuki and Cobie Smulders.

The Pact for a Green New Deal calls for emissions to be cut in half by 2030, the protection of critical cultural and biological diversity, the creation of a million jobs, and addressing the multiple crises humankind faces through a holistic and far reaching plan that respects the constitutionally enshrined and internationally recognized rights of Indigenous peoples.

This large, non-partisan coalition calls on all federal political parties, in the lead up to the election, to put versions of the Green New Deal that meet those goals in their platforms. A new poll by Abacus Data shows a clear majority of Canadians (61 per cent) support the idea of a Green New Deal.

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