On March 7th, students, all members of the Sunrise Movement, ages 15-26, spoke at a rally at the Rhode Island statehouse, asking for the passage of the Rhode Island Green New Deal Resolution. Each student spoke about why passage of the Green New Deal is so important to them. Sharing stories is one of the key principles of the Sunrise Movement.
The Rhode Island legislation has the same objectives as the national plan but also calls for the Rhode Island Green New Deal Research Council to write recommendations regarding the benefits of a local Green New Deal and submitting it to the governor, General Assembly, and state agencies by May 15. Brown University is funding the research and other partners are being sought.Youth-Led Movement Brings Green New Deal Home, EcoRI.org, March 09, 2019
Climate activist Tim DeChristopher explained that the youth movement has changed the way climate change is addressed.
“We’re no longer going to have the conversation where we have to pretend that political feasibility and maintain the status quo is more important than you people’s lives and young people’s right to a livable future,” he said. “That is what is fundamentally different about this. And that’s the leadership that the Sunrise Movement is taking.
For folks who say they don’t really know what the Green New Deal is, that’s what it is. It’s this moral statement, that we are going to have this climate discourse on the grounds of climate reality and on the grounds of young people’s right to a livable future. That’s where the conversation is going to live from now on. And if anybody wants to be part of this has to come over to that territory of climate reality.”Youth-Led Movement Brings Green New Deal Home, EcoRI.org, March 09, 2019
Promises of a Green New Deal at the national level trickled down to the Ocean State Thursday, when politicians and community activists alike gathered in the Rhode Island State House to announce plans to research the possibilities for a state Green New Deal.State moves to support research on R.I. Green New Deal
House Resolution 5665, introduced Thursday and sponsored by Rep. Chris Blazejewski, D-Providence, would support research on economic, social and environmental factors to inform a state-wide legislative agenda to address climate change, modeled off of the national proposal of a Green New Deal. A matching Senate resolution will be introduced shortly, said Sen. Louis DiPalma ScM’89 P’08, D-Little Compton, Middletown, Newport and Tiverton, a sponsor for the Senate resolution. If passed, the Council must provide the information found through its study to the legislature by May 15, said Michael Roles, project manager of Rhode Island Green New Deal Research Council.
The Rhode Island Green New Deal Research Council seeks to explore creative solutions to the local risks of climate change, economic uncertainty, and inequality.