The Coalition for a Green New Deal for NL is a group of citizen volunteers and local organizations that are working towards climate justice in Newfoundland and Labrador. On October 15th, the Coalition presented a petition to the City of St. John’s which led to the unanimous decision to declare a climate emergency on November 4th.
The petition asks that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador declare a climate emergency to follow suit with the City of St. John’s and the Government of Canada. Declaring a climate emergency acknowledges the severity of climate change and recognizes that it must be considered in all aspects of governance. Once a climate emergency is declared we are asking that the Government of NL strike a Premier’s Task Force on Climate Change. To date the province’s work on climate change has been minimal and time is running out. To move towards a stronger and more resilient future, a Premier’s Task Force on Climate Change would facilitate a shift towards governing with climate change front and centre in all policy and decision making.
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Provincial Climate Emergency Petition FAQ
Is the petition online and why are you asking for my address?
The House of Assembly requires that petitions include original signatures which means we cannot collect signatures online. Street addresses are required to prove that you are a resident of NL.
Can anyone sign the petition?
The petition can be signed by any resident of Newfoundland and Labrador. This includes people of all ages, temporary and permanent residents, and citizens.
When will the petition be presented in the House of Assembly?
We plan to present the petition in March when the House of Assembly re-opens. We will be collecting signatures through to the end of February.
How can I get involved?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to join us on Saturdays for one of our petitioning events or if you’d like to bring some petitions to your friends, family or community groups. If printing is a problem, we will gladly send you printed copies and pick them up once completed.
I have more questions, who can I ask?
You can email email@example.com or contact Rosie Myers at 709-632-8250
100 Debates on the Environment is a national initiative to hold non-partisan all-candidates debates on the environment in 100 ridings across Canada on October 3rd. The initiative now includes debates in over 120 ridings and 3 in Newfoundland! The debates will demonstrate to politicians what the polls and nation-wide climate action are indicating: the environment is front and centre this election and voters are paying attention. The 100 Debates project aims to create a wave of national discussion on some of the most challenging environmental questions facing ridings across the country.