How 5 youth convinced Jagmeet Singh to say yes to a Green New Deal

Pictured right to left: Monica Mason, Niklas Agarwal, Aminah Attar, Jason Hansma, Rebecca Lash (Not pictured: Cecilia Stuart). Strangers turned friends!

Our drafted questions focused on our personal lives; how most of us are under the age of 30 and will live to see the most catastrophic climate impacts as well as the precarity of employment our generation is currently experiencing. We also wanted to press Jagmeet on larger issues such as how he sees climate justice tying in with the fight for Indigenous sovereignty, an issue on which he has been disappointingly non-committal.

Jagmeet elaborated that his plan would include “not just a shift but a transformation” encompassing public transit, housing retrofits, and supporting farmers.

For us, what is most exciting about a Green New Deal is the absolutely transformative potential the idea holds and how it dreams big (where previous climate plans have been limited) but is still practical.

We need our political leaders to recognize that workers and the climate are both suffering under runaway capitalism, and only a complete transformation of the economy can solve both issues.

As five young people who barely knew each other a week ago it was an incredibly inspiring moment because we were able to shift the conversation just by showing up strategically.

Just a few weeks before the authors confronted Jagmeet at a town hall, they were part of Powershift Young and RIsing — a massive youth climate convergence. As part of this convergence, a massive contingent of young people canvassed in support of the Green New Deal at the Rideau Canal in Ottawa. Photo Credit: Allan Lissner

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