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Green New Deal

We need a Green New Deal to fight climate change while tackling issues of justice and rising inequity. We need a Green New Deal that will: Phase out fossil fuels and transition the economy to 100 percent renewable energy.

Decarbonize transportation and expand access to affordable public transit.

Transition away from energy-intensive, polluting, inequitable industrial agriculture and build a healthy, just food system where organic is for all.

Ensure a fair and just transition, led by impacted workers and communities, including frontline, vulnerable, and indigenous communities disproportionately burdened by toxic pollution.

Uphold Indigenous rights.

Include a national jobs guarantee, creating good jobs with collective bargaining rights and family-sustaining wages for all workers, including farmworkers, that currently lack most federal labor protections.
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The fossil fuel industry is polluting our environment, driving us to climate chaos, and harming our communities — all while reaping massive profits for its executives. But we have a historic opportunity to fight back by passing a strong Green New Deal! 

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The U.S. Climate Report and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released in 2018 confirmed what we already know based on the extreme fires, droughts and hurricanes that have wreaked devastation on our country — the climate crisis is here.

At its root, the climate crisis is the result of an economic system based on ever-increasing consumption that exploits workers and communities and pushes the earth beyond its ecological limits. This system has turned human rights like clean air, clean water, and food into commodities.

We need to remake financial and economic systems so that they serve people and the planet, not the other way around. We cannot allow the vast political power of the fossil fuel or industrial agriculture lobbies to advance policies that continue our reliance on dirty energy and unsustainable food systems. We need a new model of environmental, social, racial, economic and gender justice that upends traditional power structures in order to build a future where everyone has access to wealth, equitable decision-making and safety.

We need a Green New Deal to fight climate change while tackling issues of justice and rising inequity.

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Role of carbon tax in Green New Deal
Role of carbon tax in Green New Deal

Climate change is a crisis that needs new thinking. For almost 30 years, the promise of cap-and-trade, carbon markets and faith in capitalism have generated a never-ending debate that has careened toward political inaction.

Friends of the Earth Analysis on the Green New Deal Resolution from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey
Friends of the Earth Analysis on the Green New Deal Resolution from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey

There is a lot to celebrate. Friends of the Earth welcomes many new, progressive elements of this proposal.

Green New Deal Must Transform Our Food System to Save Our Climate
Green New Deal Must Transform Our Food System to Save Our Climate

Our current industrial food system, and the policies that prop it up, are a central part of the climate crisis, and transforming them must be a central part of the Green New Deal solution.

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Environmentalists Call on AFL-CIO to Support Green New Deal

With the energy committee’s position, the AFL joins climate deniers like the Koch brothers, the Republican Party and Big Oil. We encourage the AFL and other unions within it to rethink this position.

GOP stacks climate committee with fossil-funded deniers

The GOP is doubling down on climate denial while momentum builds for a Green New Deal. This group of fossil-funded partisans is out of step with the demands of the American people and has no interest in actual climate solutions.

Schumer-Carper resolution fails the laugh test

This resolution sets a low bar at a time when the fundamental transformation of our economy that delivers on the promise of a Green New Deal is the only real climate solution worth discussing.

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  • Green New Deal Sign-On Letter
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  • People Power Now: An Energy Manifesto
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