Good Jobs For All and Labour Council’s Climate Justice Network are pleased to invite you to a public online forum on a Job-Rich Transition to a Carbon Neutral Future For All. This will be a participatory event where you can help develop a labour-community perspective to shape our governments’ plans for a green economic recovery that works for everyone.
Last Friday, 25 million people worldwide marched for climate action, and this Friday, tens of thousands are expected to march in Canada. It’s never been clearer that people from all walks of life want immediate, meaningful action to drastically reduce greenhouse gases.
It is well past time for Toronto to declare a climate emergency. Dozens of Ontario municipalities like Ottawa, London, and Sudbury have formally acknowledged the urgency of the climate crisis. Toronto has not. Yet.
Climate change is the key issue of our time. While it is incumbent on all individuals, corporations, and governments to do more, Toronto is uniquely positioned to “think globally, act locally.” As Canada’s largest city and North America’s fourth largest municipality, Toronto must act responsibly, even ambitiously, in this critical fight.
Toronto Election Charter for Climate Justice and Good Green Jobs for All
In Toronto’s October 22, 2018 Toronto municipal election, we must demand action against climate change.
The Good Jobs for All Coalition created the Election Charter for Climate Justice to support action now and after the election. It contains nine great measures that should be included in the City’s ongoing program to meet our greenhouse gas reduction targets.
Use it to ask candidates who are seeking your vote what they pledge to do to combat climate change:
Take the Charter to all-candidates meetings and ask questions
Write letters to the editor about the nine measures
When candidates ask for your vote on your doorstep, ask if they’ll commit to advocating for the Charter
The Good Jobs for All Coalition (GJFA) is an alliance of community, labour, social justice, youth and environmental organizations in the Toronto region. It was formed in 2008 to start a focused dialogue on how to improve living and working conditions in Canada’s largest urban centre.
The Coalition’s goal is to develop strategies that affirm the values of a truly just society – healthy communities, a sustainable economy, strong public services, equity, and decent work for all.
On February 29th the Good Jobs for All Coalition held a City of Toronto Forum on Green Jobs. Participants included:
* Moderated by Nigel Barriffe and Carolyn Egan.
* Welcome greetings by Winnie Ng.
* Rajean Hoilett Chairperson of Canadian Federation of Students (CFS-Ontario)
* John Cartwright President of TYRLC
* Cheryl Teelucksingh and Laura Zeglen, co-authors of the 2016 report entitled “Building Toronto: Achieving Social Inclusion in Toronto’s Emerging Green Economy” for Metcalfe’s Green Prosperity series.
* Prince Sibanda Toronto Community Benefits Network
* Ameen Binwalee
The Good Jobs for All Coalition will be hosting a City of Toronto Forum on Green Jobs. Participants will include the Canadian Federation of Students (Ontario), Professor Cheryl Teelucksingh, co-author of the 2016 report entitled “Building Toronto: Achieving Social Inclusion in Toronto’s Emerging Green Economy” for Metcalfe’s Green Prosperity series, and the Toronto-York Labour Council. The Toronto-York Labour Council will speak to its January 2016 “Labour and Climate Change Statement”, prepared following the Paris COP21, which calls on the City of Toronto to transform its approach to energy and the environment.
The Good Jobs for All Coalition is calling on Toronto Hydro to become a leader in building a green and equitable Toronto for all.The Green Jobs for All at Hydro campaign believes equity must be central to the new green economy.