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BREAKING DOWN THE GREEN NEW DEAl

What is it and how does it affect me?

Is the Green New Deal (GND) really going to take my cars, boats and my agricultural equipment?

No. The GND is only a resolution that provides a guideline on how to save us from  the current climate crisis. It does not make any mention of taking away your cars, boats or any other belongings. If anything, it gives the people the power to join the decision making table.


If it's so good, why isn't everyone supporting it?

A lot of people support the goals of the GND (specially scientists), but there's also a lot of interest (from corporations mostly) on keeping the status quo. 


Why can't we just keep the status quo? 

Scientists, intergovernmental entities, and even US own departments (see report from the Department of Defense below) have warned us that if we don't take drastic measures we will face "catastrophic consequences". 


Wow, that's a bit too much to swallow

Yup, and we wish it hadn't come to this.  Oil companies have known for decades, but chose to stay quiet. They even raised their own oil platforms due to the expected sea level rise, but kept lobbying against clean energy and for the expansion of oil extraction for decades. To this day a lot of money is being spent to change the narrative.


So what is the GND asking for exactly? 

The resolution is pretty clear, and it has 5 goals (Exact Text from resolution is copied here below for transparency):


  1. to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers;
  2. to create millions of good, high-wage jobs and ensure prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States;
  3. to invest in the infrastructure and industry of the United States to sustainably meet the challenges of the 21st century;
  4. to secure clean air and water, climate and community resiliency, healthy food, access to nature, and a sustainable environment for all people of the United States for generations to come; and
  5. to promote justice and equity by stopping current, preventing future, and repairing historic oppression of indigenous peoples, communities of color, migrant communities, de-industrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, and youth.


That all sounds magnificent, but how is this going to be accomplished? 

The 14 page resolution also establishes some projects on how to achieve its goals, but once passed a lot of legislation will have to support it, and with legislation the funding.


Some people say that the GND would sink our economy, is it true? 

It's going to take a lot (therefore the "New Deal" name), but the current climate crisis is already costing us billions of dollars and those same economy skeptics are turning a blind eye on the current cost of inaction, which shows that is not really about the cost, but again keeping the status quo. If we take climate action now, prevention costs would be lower than what it will take 10 years from now. 


(Pulling up sleeves) Ok then, what do we do? 

Everything and anything you can do. From making environment-conscious choices when using your purchasing power, to writing a letter to the editor supporting the GND or similar initiatives, participating in your local government decisions (attend city councils, community workshops, etc), to joining a climate group in your community. 


What if I want to learn more?

Join us to take climate action and we'll connect you with the resources you might need and will help you navigate this earth-loving adventure.


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Yes!! We are volunteers and love what we do. We don't make any money from this. We're part of the SLO County community and care enough to take action in every way possible.



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Links

GND Explained - VOX

An insurgent movement is pushing Democrats to back an ambitious climate change solution.

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The world of 2050 with a GND - The Intercept

With a Green New Deal, here's what the world would look like for the next generation.

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GND Overview (video)

Clean energy attorney and advocate explain the GND

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GND is about more than climate change (video)

GND Explained

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A Green New Deal would be a boon for construction jobs

Clean energy jobs pay better, can be tool for equity, says Brookings report

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