Canadians for climate leadership: PowerUp Canada is a new website aimed at educating and encouraging Canadians to lobby their elected officials toward better environmental policies. Here's the pitch:
Countries around the world are proving that well-designed laws and policies create jobs and stimulate the economy. Germany has created a quarter million green jobs ramping up clean energy. Israel is building a nation-wide plug-in electric car network. The United Kingdom is putting people to work retrofitting buildings and saving its citizens money with green building mandates.
PowerUP Canada is a citizens' coalition to launch a green economy and brings together many who have never considered themselves "environmentalists." All of us have been trying to do our part but our actions are swamped by big industrial decisions. So we are driving towards stronger laws and government stimulus for the clean economy. In September, five of Canada's living Prime Ministers joined Canada's Association for the 45+, business leaders, the Canadian Jewish Congress, United Steelworkers along with other associations, experts and regular citizens in a national call to action: "Time to get serious on climate change."