Although both the public and private sectors have key roles to play in building a green economy for the future, we maintain that governments and publicly-owned institutions must now take the lead. They alone have the tools to marshal resources of the magnitude and speed necessary for this kind of economic transformation. Through public sector-led investments and infrastructure, sound regulation and targeted incentives, governments can stimulate the private sector to play a key role in greening the major industrial sectors of the economy - such as manufacturing, resource, transportation, and construction industries. Moreover, much of the impetus for creating green jobs are going to come from local and regional economies where people live and work in a closer relationship with their environment.
As civil society organizations, we are committed to making every effort to inspire Canadians to join in building an economy aimed at providing good green jobs for all. Only then can current and future generations meet their needs while living in harmony with each other and the ecosystems that support human life and prosperity. To advance this transition to a real green economy, we will vigorously advocate concrete proposals and organize campaign activities designed to meet the pressing environmental, energy, and equity challenges of our time. In doing so, we will make use of all the educational tools at our disposal, not only to inform and animate our members and the public at large but to cultivate a broad-based movement for a green economy in this country and solidarity with like-minded movements around the world.
It is only by progressively developing, step-by-step, a new economic model in Canada - one which is clean and sustainable, just and participatory - that we have any hope of contributing to the building of a better world in the 21st century and protecting the biosphere for succeeding generations to come.