Yesterday I posted a link to the “60 Minutes” interview of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Anderson Cooper interviewed her about the Green New Deal which she is the primary proponent of in the new Congress.
I’ve been talking and writing about the Green New Deal (GND), and the Sunrise Movement that is the organization working to make the Green New Deal happen. Sunday at Bear Creek Friends Meeting we talked about the Green New Deal as our premeeting discussion.
There are many reasons I’m so excited by, and committed to the Sunrise Movement and the Green New Deal. What the Green New Deal gets right is not only our environmental disaster, but also many of our social and economic injustices are rooted in our failing capitalistic system. The current system requires money or credit to purchase everything, and yet meaningful employment and living wages have been disappearing for decades. Good jobs have been lost to automation and moving production facilities out of the country.
And because our current economic model is based on continuous growth, that means continually increasing consumption of energy, water and other resources. Which means increasing fossil fuel consumption at the time we need to drastically reduce that consumption, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Just this morning the New York Times reports U.S. Carbon Emissions Surged in 2018 Even as Coal Plants Closed.
Following is information about how you can get involved with the Sunrise Movement yourself. There is a link to join an online call this Thursday. As stated below, 2019 will be the year that determines our legacy on climate change. The success of the Green New Deal will require millions of us to create political pressure (see the 3 steps below).
Last night, 11 million people tuned into 60 Minutes’ segment on Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, the #GreenNewDeal, and our movement.
That’s huge. It means 11 million people witnessed a discussion about solutions to the climate crisis in line with what the science and justice demand — and it wouldn’t have happened if not for young people across the country relentlessly demanding the solutions we need.
Already over 340 people have registered — register now to help us get to 700 so we can kick off 2019 with one our biggest calls ever.
Our movement has grown by leaps and bounds. Thousands took action for the first time and we formed 100 new Sunrise hubs across the country. The number of politicians supporting the Green New Deal is surging.
2019 will be the year that determines our legacy on climate change. It will be the year we make it clear to all politicians, especially the presidential hopefuls: if you want our vote, you need to back our movement, not the fossil fuel billionaires.
We will build the power we need to make the 2020 elections a referendum on the Green New Deal so that 2021 can be the year we finally pass policies in line with that the science and justice demand.
Here’s our plan for the next two years to make that happen:
- Launch the “Road to a Green New Deal Tour” to reach tens of thousands people around the country, and give them to tools to get their politicians signed on.
- Turn up the heat on every Presidential and Congressional candidate to back the Green New Deal.
- Build our movement in every corner of the country so we can reach the millions of young people who are scared about climate and keep building support for a Green New Deal.