100 Debates on the Environment has a simple mission: to make the environment an issue that no party and no candidate can ignore by organizing 100 non-partisan, all-candidates debates on the environment in ridings across Canada.
In October 2019, that mission was accomplished. Local community organizers held 104 candidates debates, launching a nation-wide conversation that brought climate change and policy to the forefront of the election, fostered environmental leadership, and accountability in federal politics.
Hundreds of organizers across Canada stepped forward to hold environmental themed debates nationwide. Together they created accountability for a sustainable future, putting candidates from every major party face to face with thousands of voters who wanted bold, urgent action and to use their vote accordingly.
Never before have so many election debates been held at the same time, all devoted to a single issue.
87 of those candidates are now seated at Parliament Hill
A network of engaged citizens across the country was also developed, paving the way for more citizen engagement and advocacy.
HOW DID IT WORK?
Ordinary citizens, high schools, universities and various organizations stepped forward to act as debate hosts and volunteers in ridings across the country.
Candidates from the major Canadian political parties were invited.
Voters gathered to listen to candidate and party perspectives on environmental issues and policy, ask questions, and demand candidate commitment and leadership.