GREEN NEW DEAL
We only have one place that we as humans can survive and thrive, and it’s called EARTH. Right now our planet is in a major crisis. Our planet is heating up, which scientists call Global Warming, and the end result of that could be catastrophic for us all. This isn’t just a national crisis, this is a global crisis and we here in America must be the leaders for environmental justice. The professional scientific community is telling us that we have less than 10 years left to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and sustainable energy, if we are going to leave this planet healthy and habitable for children, families, and loved ones.
Scientists have already stated that by 2040 two thirds of the world’s water supply could see a water shortage. We must act today to ensure that we lower our carbon emissions so that we can heal the earth.
What Is The Green New Deal?
The Green New Deal is a plan to save our planet and ourselves from climate disasters. This plan will create millions of greens jobs with living wages and help end the wealth inequality gap as well as lead us towards a future of self-efficiency and create economic safety nets for communities.
- We must halt all new permits for fossil-fuel exploration, and fossil-fuel infrastructure.
- Center people of color, frontline workers, indigenous, and low income rural communities to receive early benefits of a just transition.
- Invest in clean energy
- Create green jobs manufacturing clean energy products, utilities and etc
- Guarantee federal green jobs to anyone who wants them, while prioritizing fossil-fuel workers and non-violent returning citizens previously incarcerated
- Encourage communities to get fossil fuel risk bonds to protect public funds from fossil industry insolvency.
- Prioritize—and provide public funding for—community owned and controlled renewable energy in frontline communities, including rural communities that are vulnerable economically through economic and social transitions.
- Ensure that rural communities that are financially dependent on leasing land for fossil fuel extraction can find alternative income sources that are not harmful to people and the environment, such as leasing land for renewable energy generation.
- Conduct high-quality, deep energy efficiency retrofits of 75% of all existing public and private buildings by 2040 and 100% by 2050 while meeting applicable building safety standards.
- Upgrade existing homes, including multi-family units and mobile homes in low-income and disadvantaged communities that may not currently be sustainable or habitable. If homes are not habitable and cannot be recovered, use those areas for community green space, affordable housing, or other community benefit.
- Remove fees for access to renewable energy sources for those who are economically disadvantaged.
- Ensure that houses receive energy efficiency upgrades prior to accessing renewable energy.
- Provide restitution for victims of predatory lending and other unethical business practices. If companies go bankrupt after receiving federal funding to work on homes, this program will investigate and handle claims as well as seek retribution or recoup funds from those who profit from these practices.
- Integrate housing policy, land use policy, and transportation policy to advance equity and carbon reduction goals. For example, locate high density, efficient, affordable housing near convenient urban transit.
- Manufacture more renewables, electric vehicles, public transit, and other goods essential to a clean energy economy.
- Make manufacturing clean, removing toxic materials and processes and greenhouse gas emissions—including in the renewables sector—and limit the need for mining.
- Ensure high-quality jobs that pay family-sustaining wages, that are safe for workers and do not expose workers to toxics, with equitable access to jobs, including in the renewable energy sector.
- Reduce manufacturing-related waste and extraction by expanding remanufacturing and reuse to encourage sustainable life cycle management as part of a circular economy.
- Make a massive investment in agroecology and regenerative practices to restore soils, promote biodiversity, and protect ecosystem services in rural areas, including by dramatically reducing the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Rural areas contain only 19% of the U.S. population but represent 97% of the country’s land mass. The potential for this expanse of land to contribute to carbon sequestration is enormous.
- Reform economic support for farmers to better protect family farms and farm workers.
- Build resilient, NetZero energy, high-performance homes