"We Canada is a nation-wide initiative for Canadian leadership in sustainable development at the Earth Summit 2012. Our goal is to represent the Canadians that otherwise wouldn't have been represented. We aim to bring a diversity of Canadian voices to the Earth Summit 2012 and to the Government of Canada’s attention.
The initiative aims to influence
Canadian political actors to adopt progressive policies on sustainable
development. The three policy proposals put forward by We Canada
are: Measuring What Matters, Getting the Prices Right and Making Trade
Fair. We Canada is about talking, about sharing, about creating a
community of engaged citizens around common ideas and concerns for our
future. We Canada is about telling our leaders that they must take a stand
for sustainability because this is our priority.
We want your voice to be
heard when Canada speaks up for you at the Earth Summit 2012. Whether you
see sustainable development as a health issue, an environmental issue, a
social issue, an equality issue, a political issue, or a global issue
- you’re right! Together, WE CAN address all of these challenges and make
our voices heard at this globally important event."
"The Earth Summit Dialogues, is an initiative to encourage
Canadians to take action for Canadian leadership at the Earth Summit
2012. Through the dialogues Canadians will have an opportunity to engage
in discussions related to sustainability at the local level.
These discussions will involve friends, family, students and/or
colleagues and will focus on We Canada’s three major policy proposals for
the Earth Summit 2012. The results from these dialogues will then
be presented at the conference in Rio de Janeiro during the We
Canada event. The Earth summit Dialogues will be hosted in Canadian
homes from April 15 – May 15, 2012.
The three policy recommendations
that are the topic of discussion of the Earth Summit Dialogues are: Measuring
What Matters, that aims to establish an efficient method to measure human
welfare, Getting the Prices Right that targets the Canadian government to
eliminate fossil fuel subsidies and place an economy-wide price on carbon and
Making Trade Fair, that addresses Canada’s economic activity on a
global scale and focuses on ways to ensure that Canadian trade advances
the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of other people
and places around the world."