We sat down with Maine State Representative Chloe Maxmin to talk about Maine’s Green New Deal, collaborating with labor, and climate organizing in rural communities.
We talked with Dr. Adrienne Hollis about her work at Union of Concerned Scientists, the power of spreading information, and the need for environmental justice communities to have a seat at the table.
The Green New Deal
Like its 1930s counterpart, the Green New Deal should champion democratic cooperation in electricity.
It’s easy to compare Green New Deal to FDR’s original New Deal. Let’s also compare it to a country who’s recently been there, done that.
The Green New Deal’s meaty focus on economic and racial justice makes it a political liability for no one but a narrow elite.
Teachers, construction workers, nurses, miners, frycooks—you have an indispensable role to play in the passage of the Green New Deal. Here are five concrete steps to take.
We should be pursuing both consumer and political means toward climate mitigation—what matters is that we do it collectively. Here's a big list of the actions we can take together.
The corporate-engineered backlash against environmentalists in the late 20th century speaks to the need for left-liberal unity against state infiltration.
The fallout of climate disaster will spawn new forms of environmental injustice—centered around the police state—that climate activists committed to equity need to be prepared for.
The GND’s greatest potential is to represent a whole new political paradigm in which legislation—and political, social, and economic life itself—occurs.
The Left would benefit from treating policy goals and political strategy differently—particularly when it comes to the Green New Deal.
We sat down with community organizer Andrea Chu to discuss how she teaches about the impact of climate change on Asian Americans, the mainstream climate movement’s failure to acknowledge it, and what change could look like.
Instead of expecting rural folks to immediately sign onto our platform or write them off forever, we need to work on building trust, fighting for resources, and appealing to the values most important to them.
Our disagreement with the right lies not in whether the crisis exists, but in whether and how we should respond.
The job of the political left is to continuously remind skeptics that a GND and M4A stand to greatly expand individual agency and freedom.
Proponents of the GND must think outside the box. Harnessing the power of eminent domain to keep fossil fuels in the ground is exactly the kind of transformative and creative strategy we need to embrace in order to do so.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has promised a “fourth transformation” of the Mexican state and is taking back control of the national oil and gas firm. Workers, indigenous groups, and the environmental movement in Mexico and internationally can push the agenda further.
We need not sacrifice freedom of expression, our autonomy, our right to self-rule to survive what lies ahead. But if we allow our current, cramped understanding of who the Constitution serves to preclude climate mitigation, the horizon of possibilities will be increasingly limited by the physics of a rapidly warming world.