A Worker’s Guide to the Green New Deal — Part One

Pinellas DSA members canvassing for Richie Floyd and Environmental Justice

What is the Green New Deal?

It’s important to understand that the Green New Deal is not a piece of legislation in the conventional sense. It’s a loose framework of goals and objectives which, when implemented, will result in transformative change to the global economy. As outlined by Ann Pettifor in her book The Case for the Green New Deal, core targets of the GND include:

  • Reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions through a “fair and just transition.”
  • Creating millions of high-wage, union jobs with a federal employment guarantee
  • Rebuilding critical infrastructure in the US to be ecologically — and economically — sustainable.
  • Securing access to clean air, fresh water, and healthy food as human rights.
  • Addressing historic injustice done to marginalized and exploited communities.

In the Other Corner…

There’s been a lot of misinformation spread across the globe — and even worse, the internet — for the purposes of masking the dire state of our climate and our impact on it. However, here is the straight fact: human activity is negatively impacting the climate. The annual mean concentration of carbon dioxide (CO₂) in the Earth’s atmosphere has increased by more than 45% since the start of the Industrial Revolution, from 280 parts per million (ppm) to 420 ppm as of April 2021 [2]. At the present rate, a degree of substantial, irreversible climate change is already unavoidable [3].

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Pinellas DSA

The Official Pinellas County FL chapter of Democratic Socialists of America