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Put simply, the Green New Deal is a program for moving America out of crisis into a secure, sustainable future. It was inspired by the New Deal programs of the 1930s and will provide for an economy that makes our communities sustainable, healthy, and just (click here to learn more).

The Green New Deal has a long history, dating back to 2006. It has ebbed and flowed since then but now, thanks in large part to the youth-led Sunrise Movement (who led a sit-in in Nancy Peolosi’s office), the Deal has begun gaining ground. In December the Sunrise Movement enlisted the support of 40 members of Congress for the GND.

The intent of the GND is to involve the nation in adapting to the 21st century and improve the quality of life of the poor and middle class. The three core principles of the GND are decarbonization, jobs, and justice. Key actions include:

  • Halting all new fossil fuel extraction, infrastructure and subsidies, and transition to 100% renewable energy by 2035 or sooner;
  • Decarbonize agriculture and transportation sectors and expand access to public transportation;
  • Ensure fair and just transition led by impacted workers and communities;
  • Uphold the rights of Indigenous people;
  • Pass a national jobs guarantee, creating good jobs with collective bargaining and family-sustaining wages.

Frontline leaders such as the Climate Justice Alliance and Winona LaDuke are speaking up on the GND with recommendations for how to best shape the process and the policy for the intended outcomes.

Your help is needed to build awareness and make sure the GND is at the top of the political agenda. To make sure our leaders understand the importance of working for decarbonization, jobs, and justice.