Why now? What is a Green New Deal
In 2018, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change told us that we have just 12 years to radically reduce global greenhouse gas emissions if we are to avoid the most catastrophic consequences of climate collapse. From floods increasing in number and severity, to heatwaves and air pollution, our communities are already feeling the impacts of the climate crisis. At the same time, our communities are facing deepening economic inequality, precarious work, a growing affordable housing crisis, and rising racism, xenophobia and hatred. We believe that a Green New Deal has the potential to tackle these interconnected crises through systemic change centered around reducing greenhouse gas emissions, preserving biodiversity, respecting the rights of Indigenous peoples, and promoting social justice. As we transition away from fossil fuels to a renewable energy economy, it is critical to ensure that no one – especially the frontline, Indigenous and marginalized communities bearing the burden of the impacts of extractive industries (tar sands, fracked gas, coal, forestry) and the climate crisis – is left behind. With a Green New Deal, we can build a livable, just future for everyone.