Runaway wildfires, killer storms, and stark government reports have made clear the dire consequences of inaction around climate — Congress must respond by working to draft and pass a comprehensive Green New Deal. Studies and vague goals are not enough anymore.
What is the Green New Deal?
The Green New Deal represents a new, serious conversation about the possibility of swift, bold, concrete legislation on climate change, jobs, racial justice, and economic justice.
The current resolution outlines a 14-point action plan. It provides a framework to develop the detailed plan we need.
Some details may change, but the pillars of a Green New Deal are clear. It calls for deep reductions in carbon emissions by 2030. And it requires that the transition to this new economy be fair and leave no workers or communities behind. The plan calls for the creation of millions of good union jobs with wages that can support families and which are available to all communities. It invests in our infrastructure and industry while working to secure clean air and water for all communities. And it demands that this transition provide strong protections for communities that are on the front lines of the climate crisis, which includes communities of color, rural communities, low-income communities, displaced workers and indigenous peoples.
This Vox article has a helpful breakdown of what is (and isn’t) in the current resolution.
What should a Green New Deal include?
The final version of a Green New Deal must be serious, concrete legislation that moves quickly to deeply reduce carbon emissions, create millions of good union jobs, and strengthen those communities facing the worst effects of the climate crisis. Most of this builds on the platform of the Peoples Climate Movement, which has been developed over years in partnership between the environmental, labor, and social justice communities.
What should the process for a Green New Deal look like?
As legislation like a Green New Deal takes shape, everyone needs to be at the table. Those sectors and communities with the greatest stake need to be in leadership – workers, unions, communities of color, rural communities, and frontline communities.
As all Americans are impacted by climate change, all Americans deserve to have their voices heard on what comprehensive climate legislation means to them: Share what policies you’d like to see included in a Green New Deal today.