October 22, 2021

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Why we need a Green New Deal right now.

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In this Our Changing Climate environmental video essay, I look at why a Green New Deal is so important right now. Championed in the U.S. by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), Ed Markey, and the Sunrise Movement, the Green New Deal offers a solution to global warming and climate change through broad social programs addressing not only fossil fuels but also racism, capitalism, ableism, and imperialism. Unlike other market-based climate legislation in the past, the Green New Deal recognizes the connection between climate change and the host of other struggles the U.S. and the globe faces. The Green New Deal represents a shift in the environmental movement from a scarcity mindset to one of abundance that seeks to supply guaranteed clean jobs for those who want them, sustainable housing, and an electrified transportation system all centered around environmental justice. With the recent Black Lives Matter uprisings fighting for racial justice all over the world, the Green New Deal is an essential idea for the modern environmental movement because it shows that you can not have climate action without a racial justice analysis.

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Resources:
1. Why we need broader coalitions to combat environmental racism and climate change (MIT Technology Review): https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/06/11/1003162/a-green-new-deal-architect-explains-how-the-protests-and-climate-crisis-are-connected/
2. Pollution Is Racial Violence (Earther): https://earther.gizmodo.com/pollution-is-racial-violence-1843905861
3. Environmentalism’s Racist History (The New Yorker): https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/environmentalisms-racist-history
4. The climate movement’s silence (Heated): https://heated.world/p/the-climate-movements-silence
5. The Effects of Historical Housing Policies on Resident Exposure to Intra-Urban Heat: A Study of 108 US Urban Areas (Jeremy Hoffman, et al.): https://www.mdpi.com/2225-1154/8/1/12
6. How Black Lives Matter to the Green New Deal (The Nation): https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/reparations-green-new-deal-aoc/
7. Fumes Across the Fence-Line (NAACP): https://www.naacp.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Fumes-Across-the-Fence-Line_NAACP-and-CATF-Study.pdf
8. Tale of Two Crises: Billionaires Gain as Workers Feel Pandemic Pain (Americans for Tax Fairness): https://americansfortaxfairness.org/wp-content/uploads/2020-5-21-Billionaires-Press-Release-at-Two-month-Covid-Pandemic-FINAL.pdf
9. Department of Defence Budget (Department of Defense): https://comptroller.defense.gov/Portals/45/Documents/defbudget/fy2021/FY21_Green_Book.pdf
10. Fact Sheet: Fossil Fuel Subsidies: A Closer Look at Tax Breaks and Societal Costs (EESI): https://cutt.ly/Aofps20
11. Long-Term Macroeconomic Effects of Climate Change: A Cross-Country Analysis (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas): https://www.dallasfed.org/~/media/documents/institute/wpapers/2019/0365.pdf
12. Global Carbon Budget 2019 Infographic (Global Carbon Project): https://www.globalcarbonproject.org/global/images/carbonbudget/Infographic_Emissions2019.jpg
13. Anti-Immigration White Supremacy Has Deep Roots in the Environmental Movement (Mother Jones): https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/08/anti-immigration-white-supremacy-has-deep-roots-in-the-environmental-movement/
14. Diversity in Environmental Organizations Reporting and Transparency (Dorceta E. Taylor): https://www.researchgate.net/publication/322698951_Diversity_in_Environmental_Organizations_Reporting_and_Transparency?linkId=5a69e2074585154d15450d78&showFulltext=1
15. How the Green New Deal Fixes More Than Just One Problem (The YEARS Project via YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7GAa4ajvwU
16. France’s Gas Tax Debacle Bolsters The Case For Green New Deal-Style Climate Policies (Huffpost): https://www.huffpost.com/entry/france-gas-tax_n_5c099fbbe4b04046345a7567
17. The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Made Voters More Supportive of the Green New Deal (Data For Progress): https://www.dataforprogress.org/blog/5/5/coronavirus-makes-voters-support-gnd
18. Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind (New York Times): https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/17/magazine/prison-abolition-ruth-wilson-gilmore.html
19. Radical reform and the Green New Deal (Michael E. Mann): https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02738-7
20. A Red Deal (Jacobin): https://cutt.ly/Nofpyni
21. Climate Crisis: The Green New Deal Is Cheap, Actually (Rolling Stone): https://cutt.ly/9ofpwfG

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Source: Our Changing Climate

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