Green New Deal

Max Ajl, Uneven Earth, June 15, 2019
Drone meets cow - Mauricio Lima  (CC BY 2.0)

On the future of farming, socialist science, and utopia

Debates about the Green New Deal—Ocasio-Cortez’s version and occasionally radical varieties such as that of the US Green Party—have incited much discussion about paths to utopia. Central to these conversations is the labour question: who will do the work of making the world, and how will that work be apportioned? And how much will the US Way of Life © have to change?

Steve Morse, System Change Not Climate Change, June 13, 2019
Sheet Metal Workers Belt Buckle | credit: coolbuckles.com

An article in the June 6, 2019 edition of Politico (“Labor anger over Green New Deal greets 2020 contenders in California”) alleges that Blue Collar workers in California reject the Green New Deal (GND).  I am a blue-collar worker - a retired member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 104, which represents workers throughout Northern and Central California.

Nick French, The Call, May 14, 2019
Sunrise Movement demonstration in San Francisco

Democratic Socialists of America activist Nick French argues for making the Green New Deal a major new organizing priority for DSA activists and the U.S. Left.  This article was originally published by The Call, an online publication of the Bread and Roses Caucus of DSA.

Dianne Feeley, Solidarity, April 25, 2019
Green New Deal Poster

THE GREEN NEW Deal resolution introduced into Congress by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey is a manifesto that has changed the terms of the debate over the country’s future. Cutting through the Trump administration’s denials about who is responsible for the extreme weather we already face, it unites the issues of climate change with that of eroding workers’ rights, racism and growing inequality. (At the end of March, the Senate voted against the GND in what has been called a ceremonial stunt.)

Jane McAlevey, Jacobin, April 13, 2019
No Shortcuts, Organizing for Power

(Also, see video at bottom.)

The labor movement has to be central to winning a Green New Deal and reversing climate change. Recent labor victories show how we can do just that, from the ground up, and quickly.

Dianne Feeley, Labour Notes, March 25, 2019
Rally outside the International Auto Show

Auto workers and supporters from three countries rallied last week outside a charity gala at the Auto Show in Detroit. We’re demanding that General Motors reverse its decision to close five North American plants, and possibly more.

And if GM refuses, we’re calling on local governments use eminent domain provisions and call for worker/community meetings to strategize about what is the best way to use the facilities for a possible Green New Deal.

Sean Sweeney, New Labour Forum, March 25, 2019

When young activists from the Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats occupied House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office in late 2018 to deliver a draft Congressional resolution calling for the development of a “Green New Deal” (GND), they probably had no idea that it would spark a massive global reaction.

Richard Fidler, Life on the Left, March 21, 2019
A Green New Deal for Canada?

Climate change is the most visible, most threatening expression of a larger, planetary ecological crisis, the result of an economic system (capitalism) with an inherent growth and profit dynamic which ensures that the exploitation of natural resources (both renewable and non-renewable) exceeds the carrying capacity of nature. You have read the almost-daily scientific reports, each more alarming than the ones before, on the scope of the crisis. I won’t belabour the point.

Richard Fidler, Life on the Left, March 21, 2019
A Green New Deal for Canada?

Climate change is the most visible, most threatening expression of a larger, planetary ecological crisis, the result of an economic system (capitalism) with an inherent growth and profit dynamic which ensures that the exploitation of natural resources (both renewable and non-renewable) exceeds the carrying capacity of nature. You have read the almost-daily scientific reports, each more alarming than the ones before, on the scope of the crisis. I won’t belabour the point.

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