This video was made possible by the people who support me on patreon in a video for the intercept, Alexandria, Acacio Cortez lays out an exciting vision of the future by following a young girl Ileana. Her first job out of college was with AmeriCorps climate, restoring wetlands and bayous in coastal Louisiana.
Most of her friends were in her Union, including some oil workers in transition. They took apart old pipelines and got to work on planting mangroves with the same salary and benefits. Of course, when it came to healing the land, we had huge gaps in our knowledge.
Luckily, indigenous communities offered generational expertise to help guide the way. The snapshot of a OCS future is bright, but it's going to require a lot of work and one of the centerpieces of that bright future is a green New Deal, an idea that has many iterations and at least as many critics just looking At cable news, it's, hard to even understand what the green New Deal is.
Green energy. This New Deal will destroy America, our economy, as we know it. A lot of it is totally unrealistic, as you heard exclusive video of a hellscape. That is the result of alexandre el castillo cortezes green New Deal.
According to cable news, it seems like an impassable piece of legislation that will destroy the world. Well, the green New Deal will certainly not destroy the world and it definitely has large public support.
So today we're, going to go through what a green New Deal proposes and why it's so important at this moment at its core. The green New Deal is an idea, a vision of a future. It's, not one single piece of policy that has to be passed through the United States Congress.
It's, a framework through which to understand how to transition our world from a climate crisis and to adjust equitable and post climate change. Future in the u.s., the green New Deal has coalesced around a proposal championed by representatives Alexandra Acacio, Cortez and at.
But there are hundreds of great New Deal proposals around the globe, tailored to specific countries or municipalities, as well as even more visionary frameworks like the red Deal which expands upon the green New Deal by centering indigenous liberation and environmental anti-colonialism.
The key idea between all of these green New Deal's. Is this climate change is a massive crisis that is both caused by and exacerbates economic inequality, racism, militarism and conflict. This means that addressing climate change necessitates addressing racism, militarism and inequality.
Essentially, climate action must include intersectional analysis. In order to succeed, this is a crucial shift in thinking within mainstream environmental and climate action circles, which have historically been dominated by white folks and white supremacists thinking, which often separates climate action from racial oppression, ableism and economic injustice.
Indeed, the sentiment that addressing systems of oppression in conjunction with climate change, will stymie climate action still runs rampant through the climate movement. Michael Mann, the leading climate scientists expressed this opinion a year ago in nature.
He writes my worry: is this saddling a climate movement with a laundry list of other worthy social programs, risks alienating needed supporters, say independence and moderate conservatives who are apprehensive about a broader agenda of progressive social change? But he's wrong.
We've tried slow, incremental technological and policy change for the last 40 years, and there hasn't been much progress. This siloed neoliberal approach to climate change, doesn't work. French president Emmanuel macron gas tax is a perfect example.
Makran placed a tax on gas that disproportionately burdened poor and working-class people and then turned around and lowered france's, wealth tax by 70 %, as well as proposed being welfare benefits and pensions.
The backlash that ensued was inevitable. Workers rose up in anger, and the gas tax was a failure because it did what so many neoliberal policies have done before it characterized climate action as a necessary evil that will increase the cost of living for working people.
These kinds of market-based single-issue solutions, then, are not the answer. System change needs to happen to truly address the scale of the climate crisis. The green New Deal recognizes this reality and understands that the root causes of climate change are the same as the root causes of many other struggles: capitalism, imperialism colonialism and racism.
So then, what would a green new deal? Look like in the u.s.? Specifically, it needs to focus on two concepts: abolition and abundance; abolition in the sense that it needs to dismantle networks of harm that have led to the myriad of crises.
We are now facing abolition of fossil fuels, yes, but also abolition of a carceral state that has enslaved black Americans for over 400 years, abolition of a military that is destabilized whole countries and fostered one of the most polluting industries in the world.
An abolition of a neoliberal capitalist economy that allows for three people to own the same amount of wealth as 150 million people, but as prison. Abolitionist and geography. Professor Ruth Wilson, Gilmore notes, abolition means not just the closing of prisons, but the presence, instead of vital systems of support that many communities lack abolition, then, is much more about abundance than absence.
This is why the green New Deal is important. Yes, it seeks to dismantle unjust and unsustainable systems, but, unlike the multitude of other climate proposals, it seeks to replace those violent systems with systems of what Naomi Klein calls care and repair.
These programs look like guaranteed jobs for all who want them guaranteed sustainable housing. Investing in art, electrified transportation and caretaking economies, as well as continuously transforming what the green New Deal means by listening to those who have been at the front lines of environmental and systemic harm, but Charlie, the green New Deal will never happen.
It's politically impossible. It costs too much yes, creating a society based on a green New Deal framework will take work, but isn't that work worth doing political impossibilities become possible when there are mass movements of people working against injustice.
Look at the uprisings we're, seeing all over the world, asserting black lives matter and that white supremacy must end. There are concrete changes already happening because of these uprisings and more still to come as for cost.
Yes, it will cost money, but the alternative is much worse. One 2019 study says that climate change could cause the GDP per capita to drop by seven percent worldwide and 10.5 % in the United States. If the global economy continues on its current course, the policy lead for the green New Deal.
Rhianna gun right lays out this idea. Plainly, we want to invest upfront and use this moment to not just tackle climate change, but to make our economy more robust and better. For people, or do we just want to bleed money because of inaction and never get that money back in our response to the coronavirus shows that we can spend the money necessary if we deem our situation a crisis and climate change is the biggest crisis.
Humanity has faced, there are also relatively straightforward ways to get that kind of money, cutting the military budget and even fossil fuel subsidies and taxiing, wealthy individuals and corporations.
It is not only possible to do these things. It is our duty to make our government spend money to protect and care for life instead of violating it. So as we look towards an uncertain future and live in a present where hundreds of scientists from the IPCC are calling for fast structural changes within the neck.
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