The Green New Deal was introduced by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) on Feb 7, 2019 as an aspirational statement for the United States to tackle climate change. If you care about sustainability and haven’t yet done so, take this as your sign to finally read it!
But this isn’t only about climate change. If you care about equality, the deal says the United States should:
“promote justice and equity by stopping current, preventing future, and repairing historic oppression of indigenous peoples, communities of color, migrant communities, deindustrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, and youth."
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (PC: Gotta Be Worth It)
If you care about human rights, the deal says the United States should:
“secure for all people of the United States for generations to come — (i) clean air and water; (ii) climate and community resiliency; (iii) healthy food; (iv) access to nature; and (v) a sustainable environment."
PC: Samad Deldar
Along the way, the deal says the United States should have a duty:
“(A) to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers; (B) to create millions of good, high-wage jobs and ensure prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States; (C) to invest in the infrastructure and industry of the United States to sustainably meet the challenges of the 21st century."
Healthy planet. Good jobs. Better future. What's not to like?
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