Green New DealWe 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.
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.
The Green New Deal resolution is a bold and necessary path forward to tackle the climate crisis. To be successful, it must leave nuclear power behind.
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.
There is a lot to celebrate. Friends of the Earth welcomes many new, progressive elements of this proposal.
At a recent Green New Deal town hall, New York Congressman Jerry Nadler publicly opposed the Williams fracked gas pipeline proposed for the New York Harbor.
A coalition of more than 300 groups today sent a letter to Congress calling for a Green New Deal that prioritizes food and agriculture solutions to climate change.
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.