Climate Petition Challenge
Petition to Declare Provincial Climate Emergency
Join us and demand that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador declare a climate emergency.
How does it work?
1. Download the petition package below
2. Fill in your name and information.
Know others who want to sign? Get their information too!
3. Return your completed package to the Social Justice Co-Op (details on the form)
That's it! Quick and easy!
Why do I have to download a form?
In order for a petition to be presented in the House of Assembly, it has to be on paper. But don't worry! You collect the signatures and send us the forms, we do everything else, including cover the postage fees (contact us for details).
Download the form and show your support today. Every signature counts!
Right to Left: Lela Evans (PC), SJC member Rosie Myers, and Jim Dinn (NDP) posed for a selfie after Rosie delivered the petition to Confederation Building.
What have we done so far?
Taking the first steps towards progress
In 2019, a team of SJC members put together this petition and set out into their communities. Over the course of a few months they collected over 2,000 signatures from citizens demanding the province declare a climate emergency
Unfortunately, the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic meant that signature collection had to stop. The petition was put on hold until it was safe to venture out again.
In June, 2021, the Coalition for a Green New Deal NL and DecarbonizeNL teamed up and breathed new life into the project. They contacted all the seated parties and four MHAs - Lela Evans (PC), Jim Dinn (NDP), Jordan Brown (NDP), and Paul Lane (IND)- agreed to present the petition to the floor.
From June 16th to the end of session, our petition was presented every day! Our Labrador MHAs spoke to witnessing climate change firsthand, and all demanded the province take action.
We are now collecting signatures again, with the intention of presenting a second batch of petitions in October when the House resumes. This is where we need you! Download the form and get out into your communities. Stay safe, collect signatures, and get us the support we need so we can demand the government take the climate crisis into account with every deicion they make. We can do this!
Climate Emergency Declaration: Petition to the House of Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador
We, the undersigned residents of the Province of NL, bring the attention of the House of Assembly to the following:
According to the document “The Way Forward on Climate Change” the province is already experiencing the effects of climate change;
NL joined the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change in 2016, but is not on track to meet its 2020 targets;
Financial costs resulting from climate change will unequally impact municipalities due to responsibilities set out in the “Municipalities Act 1999”
THEREFORE, your petitioners call upon the House of Assembly to urge the government to:
Declare a CLIMATE EMERGENCY
Establish a task force on decreasing the effects of the climate crisis while building community resilience
Consider climate in all policy & decision making