The IPCC report has laid bare the scale of the climate crisis. Things are even worse than we thought. And as countries from around the world gather in Glasgow this November for COP – the world’s biggest climate summit, we know that the world is watching us. Net-zero targets are not enough. We need huge transformative change now.
But there is a solution. The GND is a ten year, game – changing plan to stop climate change and build a world in which we can thrive. And in September – a Green New Deal bill will begin its journey through Parliament. This bill is our first step towards a liveable world for all of us.
MPs could sign up to the bill right now. All they have to do is add their name. But they’re ignoring it. They’re either not facing up to the scale of the crisis or they are choosing to ally themselves with climate delaying corporations.
It’s our job to rise up and make them feel the heat. The pandemic response shows that large scale, society wide mobilisation is possible. This Autumn everybody will be talking about climate change, so it’s vital that we use this moment turn up the heat.
We say no more excuses. No more hiding. Face up to the scale of the crisis and do what’s necessary. Back the Green New Deal bill.
it’s our job to rise up and make them feel the heat.
Our plan? We’re going to cause widespread disruption to the political system and force politicians to choose a side. We’re going to make the Green New Deal a headline issue. We’re going to give politicians nowhere to hide.
We’ll be there wherever they go to challenge them, pressure and expose them and get them on the record.
At a public talk, constituency event, fundraising dinner or at their office. Whenever they show their face we’ll be there. We’ll challenge them to be brave and back the Green New Deal bill. We’ll get them on the record and ask them – are you with us or against us? And if they refuse to back the bill – we’ll shame them for being a climate delayer. We’ll organise to get rid of them at the next election.
Publicly challenging politicians is a tried and tested tactic used by social movements across the world. It works because it puts politicians on the spot, makes them uncomfortable and forces them to explain themselves on the record. Either they back the Green New Deal bill (great!) or they are forced to explain why they’re a climate delayer.
We’ll start with individual politicians, but our aim is to go big and cause widespread disruption to the political system.
We want to build an unstoppable movement that can challenge politicians everywhere they go. We want to give them a choice: back a Green New Deal or face disruption day in, day out.
we’ll give them a choice: back a green new deal or face disruption day in, day out.
here’s how we’ll do it:
- Challenge and get them on the record. Politicians are good at evasion. They avoid taking positions on important issues rather than choosing a side. If you challenge them in public – surrounded by the press and their constituents – you can force them on the record.
- Create viral moments. Some politicians aren’t used to being challenged by young people – and can react badly. These moments are golden. They show how out of touch politicians can be. They demonstrate our moral power as young people fighting for our lives. They can go viral, build public sympathy and recruit more young people to our movement.
- Act together and grab headlines. Around key events in the political calendar – politicians returning to parliament, the Budget, party conferences – we’ll combine forces in an effort to grab headlines and break onto the national agenda.
- Cause widespread disruption. Our aim isn’t just to challenge politicians once. We’re aiming to make sure that every politician across the country is challenged over and over until they back the bill. This is our horizon: widespread disruption in November for politicians who refuse to back the Green New Deal bill.
big change only happens when you break the rules and disrupt the status quo.
nowhere to hide in november.
In November, the world will be watching us. This is our moment to get noticed. This is when we’ll cause widespread disruption to the political system. Big change only happens when you break the rules and disrupt the status quo. In November, we’ll do just that and give politicians nowhere to hide.
but we can’t do this without you.
We need challengers across the country, committed to taking on politicians and challenging them over and over until the back they bill. Never done anything like this before? Don’t worry. You’ll join a community of experienced challengers and we’ll give you 1-1 support and training to carry out an effective challenge.
We are the generation that will win the Green New Deal. We have no time to waste.