Environmental rights and a green new deal are complementary. The environmental rights movement could strengthen a uniquely Canadian version of the deal and help make it as profound a transformation and source of national pride as universal health care. The upcoming federal election provides an opportunity for us to ask candidates and parties where they stand on environmental rights.

The Green New Deal was born in the United States, named after the New Deal, a government initiative to boost economic growth during the Great Depression. It has tapped into widespread demand for a concrete plan to tackle climate change, racial injustice, and economic inequality, and the appeal of turning multiple crises into opportunity. It didn’t come out of thin air. It emerged from years of grassroots organizing.

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(David Suzuki Foundation)