Green New Deal Work
The Green New Deal says we must solve the climate crisis - and that addressing injustice, inequality and societal ills is necessary to do this.
The 1000 Grandmothers Green New Deal Work reflects a commitment to working in concert with youth-led Sunrise Movement toward building support for Green New Deal/ Thrive legislation.
WHAT WE DO:
What is it and why do we need it?
The Green New Deal is a package of policy proposals, originally sponsored by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey. It has a growing number of sponsors in Congress and in the Senate.
“A Green New Deal is a big, bold transformation of the economy to tackle the twin crises of inequality and climate change. It would mobilize vast public resources to help us transition from an economy built on exploitation and fossil fuels to one driven by dignified work and clean energy.
The status quo economy leaves millions behind. While padding the pockets of corporate polluters and billionaires, it exposes working class families, communities of color, and others to stagnant wages, toxic pollution, and dead-end jobs. The climate crisis only magnifies these systemic injustices, as hard-hit communities are hit even harder by storms, droughts, and flooding. Entrenched inequality, meanwhile, exacerbates the climate crisis by depriving frontline communities of the resources needed to adapt and cope.
Climate change and inequality are inextricably linked. We cannot tackle one without addressing the other. A Green New Deal would take on both.
To tackle the climate crisis at the speed that justice and science demand, a Green New Deal would upgrade our infrastructure, revitalize our energy system, retrofit our buildings, and restore our ecosystems. In so doing, a Green New Deal would cut climate pollution while creating millions of family-sustaining jobs, expanding access to clean air and water, raising wages, and building climate resilience. To counteract inequality, those benefits would go first and foremost to the working class families and communities of color that have endured the brunt of the fossil fuel economy.”
- courtesy of the Sierra Club