The Leap is an organization dedicated to transforming what’s possible in the face of our intersecting crises of climate change, inequality, and racism. The Leap does this in three core ways:
- changing the stories that underpin our unjust, extractive system
- bringing new people into our movements
- building power and relationships between movements to make it all possible
The Leap Manifesto is a plan for how Canada can move to a renewable energy economy in a way that addresses systemic racism and economic inequality. The Leap Manifesto was initiated in the spring of 2015 at a two-day meeting attended by representatives from Canada’s Indigenous rights, social and food justice, environmental, faith-based and labour movements. The meeting was convened to move beyond saying “no” to the worst attacks on our rights and environment, and to dream together about the country we actually want and how to get there. The Manifesto was shaped by the contributions of dozens of people.
Today, the Manifesto is available in twelve languages and counting, and has been signed by tens of thousands of people from all walks of life, from former Ontario Chief Justice Roy McMurtry to the head of Canada’s Jesuits, from Oxfam to the Council of Canadians to Idle No More; dozens of religious, labour and Indigenous leaders; cultural figures like Leonard Cohen, Ellen Page, Donald Sutherland and Arcade Fire; and some of Canada’s largest public sector unions. Learn more about The Leap Manifesto at https://leapmanifesto.org.
The Leap works in collaboration with a diverse network of allies and partners in labour, care work, migrant justice, Indigenous sovereignty, racial and economic justice, the arts, and political leadership. We’re thrilled that you’re ready to get to work bringing a more hopeful world to life.
You can also find out more about some of our allies below, and how you can get involved with their work:
The Green New Deal is an ambitious plan for how we can eliminate poverty and create millions of jobs while tackling the biggest threat of our time: climate change. It involves massive public investment in clean energy, transit and climate adaptation work. But the vision is bigger than that: it’s about transforming our entire economy to be safer and more fair, and give everyone a better life. First proposed in the U.S., the Green New Deal is now spreading around the world. Visit our Green New Deal page to find out more: https://theleap.org/green-new-deal/.
Author and activist Naomi Klein is the co-founder of The Leap and Chair of The Leap’s Advisory Board. In 2015, she was one of the co-authors of the Leap Manifesto and helped convene the meeting that led to the writing of the document. In 2017, her book No Is Not Enough described the Leap Manifesto and the process that led to it as an example of the kind of radically hopeful, intersectional vision that can respond to the rise of right-wing populism around the world. Her most recent book On Fire, released in 2019, makes the case for the Green New Deal and chronicles the energy of a rising movement demanding economic and environmental justice now.
Right now, our organizing team works predominantly in Canada and the United States. However, we believe that The Leap’s intersectional, non-incremental approach to addressing climate change must also have a global justice lens, and we collaborate with allies around the world.
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