What We Are Fighting For – Green New Deal
We need to transform our energy system to 100% renewable energy and create 20 million jobs needed to solve the climate crisis, while ensuring a just transition for communities and individuals, including fossil fuel workers, and ensuring justice for frontline communities, especially under-resourced groups, communities of color, Native Americans, people with disabilities, children and the elderly. Additionally, we need to invest in weatherization, public transportation, modern infrastructure and high-speed broadband for all of our people, families and communities so that no one is left behind. Further, we also need commit to reducing emissions throughout the world, while also rejoining the Paris Agreement as well.
While holding temperature increases as close possible where they are now is advisable, we can do more and reverse global warming back to more long-term sustainable levels.
That means taking our carbon that we have added to the atmosphere and putting it back into the earth from where it came, be it through reforesting, transforming our soil to farmland soil, restoring wetlands and peatlands, and increasing phytoplankton and fisheries, at the very minimum. Other measures include reducing food waste, promoting a plant-rich diet, protecting tropical forest, proper land management, regenerative agriculture, refrigerant management, encouraging the electrification of vehicles, sustainable home heating, distributed rooftop solar generation and the conversion of the power grid to zero-emissions energy sources. Even seemingly unrelated issues like educating all peoples globally and family planning are known to be an important part of the solution. And it is this type of full systems approach that we will need to reverse global warming and lead our planet towards long-term sustainability, for our generation and for future generations. Or else it will be too late.
The greed of the fossil fuel industry must be stopped and it must be held accountable.
What It Will Do – Green New Deal
A Green New Deal would provide an overall strategy for how clean energy, sustainable infrastructure and transportation, as well as a national green jobs program, could save our environment, reverse climate change, and revitalize our economy by utilizing our innovative human capacity to benefit all our people. This would ensure that many generations to come can continue living in a healthy and safe environment, without having to worry harmful effects on their health, families and communities.