The election on Sept. 20 will close out another summer of extreme weather, July and August in Ontario brought heat waves, extreme thunderstorms, tornados, and fires across the northwest. British Columbia burned and hundreds died under a heat dome and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a code red for humanity.During the last federal election, GreenPAC and Québec’s Équiterre coordinated 104 debates on the environment of which 87 of the participating candidates won their seats and carried with them to the House of Commons the message that voters want ambitious action on climate change. It is being done again in locations across Canada during Election 44. In 2021, we are no longer debating if the climate crisis is real. Nor are we debating whether good environment policy is good economic policy. This is a debate about values and the reasons why the environment must be front and center in any government’s plan for post-pandemic economic recovery and the ties to national healing and Reconciliation. This is a debate about how no issue will impact affordability and our health and security more than climate change. Sarah Van Exan Executive director, GreenPAC Toronto, Ont.