GEN Founding Documents
To learn more about the Green Economy Network and its work, read the following documents:
We have come together as members of unions, environmental and social justice organizations to form a common front of civil society groups for the building of a green economy in Canada. In so doing, we realize we are living in one of those critical moments of history wherein urgent decisions and actions must be taken that will ultimately affect our destiny as a people, a nation, and the planet itself.
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Making the Shift to a Green Economy:
A Common Platform of the Green Economy Network
As members of Canadian-based labour, environmental, faith and social justice organizations we have come together to form a common front for the building of a green economy in Canada. We have done so recognizing that we are living in one of those critical moments of human history wherein decisions must be made that will ultimately affect our destiny as a people, a nation, and the planet.
We maintain that, if the plan of action outlined in this platform were to be fully enacted during the coming five years, Canada would be well on the road to creating the equivalent of over one million new full-time jobs for a year (person job years) and reducing our total national greenhouse gas emissions by over 200 million tonnes a year by 2030 which represents a substantial contribution towards our overall emissions reductions. Moreover, these initiatives would generate opportunities for the transition towards a more equitable as well as a more sustainable economy.
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— GEN Campaign Narrative
In the Fall of 2009, a diverse collection of civil society organizations and social movements — labour unions, environmental associations, indigenous peoples, youth networks, faith-based and social justice groups — came together to form what later became identified as the Green Economy Network [GEN]. What appeared to unite us was a common recognition that we are living today in one of those critical moments of history, a moment characterized by what we then called a triple ‘e’ crises — the compounding crises of the environment, the economy and energy which pose a direct threat to the future of the planet as well as humanity itself. What’s more, we saw these three crises as both structural and interdependent to the point where one cannot be
resolved without resolving the others. As GEN members went to work on developing solutions and strategies for action, however, it became increasingly clear that these crises were intensifying while public concern was waning.
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