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Unlike the massive bailout of banks and car companies during the financial crisis of 2008, the goals of the coronavirus recovery should be to care for the most vulnerable people, safeguard human health and nurture our collective relationship with nature. To make this happen, we need to shift the idea that an economic recovery means returning to normal. We can’t go back to growth-at-all-costs and to letting polluting industries dominate the political agenda. Now is the time to increase the power and influence of people like you.

In mid-march, when the COVID-19 crisis hit Canada, you asked the government to bailout people and not oil companies, over 30,000 people raised their voices. You had an impact! While some funding has been announced for the oil sector, they’ve gotten much less than what they asked for, and the government has committed to attaching some significant environmental and social conditions on companies receiving funds.

Over the last month, we have invited you to share your vision of what the recovery should look like. And now it’s time to make sure MPs are listening to you. We believe that YOU can influence politicians to make the right decision. 

We know that right now the government is working on a longer-term recovery plan. This is the perfect opportunity to remind them to listen to their constituents and put people and nature ahead of corporate profits. 

We are inviting you to challenge these federal MPs to make sure we build back better. They have each shown in the past that they care about the environment and think climate action is a top priority. Let’s challenge them to speak up for a #JustRecovery.

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

He has a reputation as a climate advocate and has a history of pushing his own party to do more on climate change. Let’s challenge him to speak up now for a #JustRecovery!

Sample tweet 

. Last year, you spoke out for a debate. Earlier this year, you rejected the tar sands mine. Today, I am asking you to publicly support a green and

Copy and paste this text as a comment under their last post on Facebook or Instagram:

M.Erskine-Smith, I am asking you to publicly support a green and just recovery. Last year, you spoke out for a climate emergency debate. Earlier this year, you rejected the tar sands mine Teck Frontier. Today, I ask you to take a clear position in favour of a green and #JustRecovery that puts people and nature first. https://act.gp/2ZDW4LG @GreenpeaceCanada

Call script: (constituency office phone number 416-467-0860)

“Hello M.Erskine-Smith, I am calling to ask that you publicly support a green and just recovery. Last year, you spoke out for a climate emergency debate. Earlier this year, you rejected the tar sands mine Teck Frontier. Today, I am asking you to take a clear position in favour of a green and just recovery that puts people and nature first.Thank you”

Sample email ([email protected])

“Hi Mr. Erksine-Smith, I want to thank you for your work in these difficult times. I want to tell you that I don’t want us to go back to a ‘normal’ defined by a system which creates rampant inequalities based and on a model of infinite exploitation and destruction of nature.
Now that the time has come to rebuild our future, I hope you can keep being a leader. The recovery from COVID-19 must make our society more resilient, fair and sustainable. I urge you to speak out in favour of a green and just recovery with your fellow Parliamentarians and the media.
I look forward to working with you and our community to build this better world.
Sincerely,
Your name.”

Jennifer O’Connell

She spoke out publicly on the importance of factoring climate change into every policy government makers. Now we need her to speak out in favour of a green and just recovery. Let’s challenge her now to speak up for a #JustRecovery!

Sample tweet 

. You said that the is one of the biggest issues in your riding & needs to be factored into any policy. This is still true during That’s why I am asking you to publicly support a

Copy and paste this text as a comment under their last post on Facebook or Instagram:

Ms.O’Connell, I am asking you to publicly support a green and just recovery. You said that the environment was one of the biggest issues in your riding. You mentioned that if we are going to be serious about climate change and hitting our emission goals, then we need to factor it into all projects and policies we consider as a government. Today, this is more urgent than ever. I ask you to take a clear position in favour of a green and just recovery that puts people and nature first. https://act.gp/2ZCcrsd @GreenpeaceCanada

Call script: (constituency office phone number: 905-839-2878)

“Hello Ms.O’Connell, I am calling to ask you to publicly support a green and just recovery. You said that the environment was one of the biggest issues in your riding. You mentioned that if we are going to be serious about climate change and hitting our emissions, then we need to factor it into all projects and policies we consider as a government. Today, I ask you to take a clear position in favour of a green and just recovery that puts people and nature first. Thank you.”

Sample email ([email protected])

“Hi Ms. O’Connell, I want to thank you for your work in these difficult times. I also want to tell you that I don’t want us to go back to a ‘normal’ based on a system which creates rampant inequalities and promotes a model of infinite exploitation and destruction of nature.
Now that the time has come to rebuild our future. The recovery from COVID-19 must make our society more resilient, fair and sustainable. I urge you to speak out in favour of a green and just recovery with your fellow Parliamentarians and the media.
I look forward to working with you and our community to build this better world.
Sincerely,
Your name”

Adam Vaughan

He has a keen interest in housing, transit and urban issues which will be key elements of any green and just recovery strategy.  He recently said “We’ve made commitments on climate change. We’ve got commitments to our children on climate change. We have action to take on climate change. It’s been too slow coming and so on that front … I think I’ve become, if anything, even a stronger environmentalist.” Now we need him to speak out publicly on the need to integrate climate change and social justice into the federal government’s post-COVID recovery strategy. Let’s challenge him to speak up now for a #JustRecovery

Sample tweet 

., you said you’ve become a stronger environmentalist. Now I need you to speak out publicly on the need to integrate & into the federal government’s post recovery strategy.

Copy and paste this text as a comment under their last post on Facebook or Instagram:

Mr.Vaughan, you said we’ve got commitments to our children on climate change and we need to take action. You are also very interested in housing, transit and urban issues. Now we need to recover from the COVID-19 crisis, I am asking you to speak out publicly on the need to integrate climate change and social justice into the federal government’s recovery strategy. #JustRecovery https://act.gp/2XuPeWm @GreenpeaceCanada

Call script: (constituency office phone number 416-533-2710)

“Hello Mr.Vaughan, I am calling to demand you to publicly speak out on the need to integrate climate change and social justice into the federal government’s post COVID-19 recovery strategy. You said we’ve got commitments to our children on climate change and we need to take action. You are also very interested in housing, transit and urban issues. The time for action is now. Thank you!”

Sample email ([email protected])

“Hi Mr. Vaughn, I want to thank you for your work in these difficult times. I also want to tell you that I don’t want us to go back to a ‘normal’ based on  a system which creates rampant inequalities, while promoting a model of infinite exploitation and destruction of nature.
Now that the time has come to rebuild our future. The recovery from COVID-19 must make our society more resilient, fair and sustainable. I urge you to speak out in favour of a green and just recovery with your fellow Parliamentarians and the media.
I look forward to working with you and our community to build this better world.
Sincerely,
Your name”

MPs and the government have to step up with real support for communities to recover from the pandemic in a way that builds resilience and sustainability. It’s NOT a time for handouts to the oil companies causing the climate crisis or increasing our vulnerability to threats like climate change.

Let’s speak out together and make sure the recovery plan puts people and nature first.

Thank you and keep the pressure up!