LA’s utilities are provided by two different companies, one public and one private. The contrast between them shows how effective the democratic process can be in the fight for decarbonization-- and just how badly things can go when the public has no say.
With climate concerns now front and center, public utilities’ democratic ownership structure makes them a much more pliable tool for a just green transition than their corporate counterparts.
The problem is environmental racism. The solution is empowering communities to keep sustainable energy local.
A GND needs to be revolutionary policy to avert collapse; to pass it we need an equally revolutionary movement.
This country ought to recover the memory of the first Earth Day: a 20-million strong grassroots demonstration that won basic environmental policy as we know it.
Speaking with the movement
The Sierra Club’s Director of Environmental Justice describes her team’s model of supporting local communities who are fighting injustices, and gives advice to white groups working alongside groups of color.
The outgoing president of Demos reflects on her Meet the Press moment, speculates on how youth activists can game right-wing media, dishes on how to play the inside game, and explains what her work on race says about how to make broad, popular demands.
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
New York State has shown how to build diverse grassroots coalitions—now, the nation must follow.
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.
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 Green New Deal’s meaty focus on economic and racial justice makes it a political liability for no one but a narrow elite.