Top 26 green new deal political propositions

Introduced in 2019 by democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, the green new deal lays out a (debated) grand plan for tackling climate change. It builds upon many different pieces of work, but was accelerated in 2018 by youth activist group "the Sunrise Movement" during their sit-in outside the office of Nancy Pelosi, the soon-to-be-speaker of the House of Representatives.


Building resiliency against climate change-related disasters

Leveraging funding and providing investments for community-defined projects and strategies.


Repairing and upgrading the country infrastructure

Eliminating pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as much as technologically feasible. Guaranteeing universal access to clean water. Reducing the risks posed by climate impacts. Ensuring that any government infrastructure project addresses climate change.


Meeting 100 percent of the power demand through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources

Dramatically expanding and upgrading renewable power sources. Deploying new capacity.


Generalizing "smart" power grid

Building or upgrading to energy-efficient, distributed, and “smart” power grids, and ensuring affordable access to electricity.


Upgrading existing (and new) buildings for maximum efficiency

Upgrading all existing buildings and building new buildings to achieve maximum energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability, including through electrification.


Spurring growth in clean manufacturing and industry

Removing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing and industry as much as is technologically feasible, including by expanding renewable energy manufacturing and investing in existing manufacturing and industry.


Removing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector

Working collaboratively with farmers and ranchers to remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector as much as is technologically feasible, including by supporting family farming, by investing in sustainable farming and land use practices that increase soil health, and by building a more sustainable food system that ensures universal access to healthy food.


Remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector

Overhauling transportation systems to remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector as much as is technologically feasible, including through investment in zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and manufacturing, clean, affordable, and accessible public transit and high-speed rail.


Mitigating and managing the adverse effects of climate change

Mitigating and managing the long-term adverse health, economic, and other effects of pollution and climate change, including by providing funding for community-defined projects and strategies.


Restoring natural ecosystems to help removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and reducing pollution

Proven low-tech solutions increase soil carbon storage, such as land preservation and afforestation.


Restoring and protecting threatened, endangered, and fragile ecosystems

Locally appropriate and science-based projects can enhance biodiversity and support climate resiliency.


Cleaning up existing hazardous waste and abandoned sites

Economic development and sustainability on those sites can be ensured.


Identifying other emission and pollution sources and creating solutions to remove them


Promoting the international exchange of technology, expertise, products, funding, and services

This expertise can be used to help other countries achieve a Green New Deal.


Inclusive consultation, collaboration, and partnership with all frontline and vulnerable stakeholders

It is crucial to involve frontline and vulnerable communities, labor unions, worker cooperatives, civil society groups, academia, and businesses.


Providing and leveraging means to the parties working on the implementation of the measures

Communities, organizations, Federal, State, local government agencies, and businesses wokring on the Green New Deal should receive adequate capital (including through community grants, public banks, and other public financing), technical expertise, supporting policies, and other forms of assistance.


Government should take into account complete environmental and social costs and impacts of emissions

Existing laws, new policies and programs should take into account those costs, and ensure that frontline and vulnerable communities shall not be adversely affected.


Resources, training, and high-quality education for all to take part in the transition

All citizens should have access to these resources, in order for them - with a focus on frontline and vulnerable communities - to be full and equal participants in the Green New Deal mobilization.


Public investments in the research and development of new clean and renewable energy technologies and industries

Directing investments to spur economic development, deepen and diversify industry and business in local and regional economies, and build wealth and community ownership, while prioritizing high-quality job creation and economic, social, and environmental benefits in frontline and vulnerable communities, and deindustrialized communities, that may otherwise struggle with the transition away from greenhouse gas intensive industries.


Democratic and participatory processes at the local level

Processes should be inclusive of and led by frontline and vulnerable communities and workers to plan, implement, and administer the Green New Deal mobilization at the local level.


Creating high-quality jobs

The Green New Deal mobilization should create high-quality union jobs that pay prevailing wages, hire local workers, offer training and advancement opportunities, and guarantee wage and benefit parity for workers affected by the transition. Those jobs should offer family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security. The should strengthen and protect the right of all workers to organize, unionize, and collectively bargain free of coercion, intimidation, and harassment. The should also strengthen and enforce labor, workplace health and safety, antidiscrimination, and wage and hour standards across all employers, industries, and sectors.


Enacting and enforcing trade rules, procurement standards, and border adjustments with strong labor and environmental protections

The goal is to stop the transfer of jobs and pollution overseas, and to grow domestic manufacturing in the country.


Ensuring that public lands, waters, and oceans are protected and that eminent domain is not abused


Free, prior, and informed consent of indigenous peoples

For all decisions that affect indigenous peoples and their traditional territories, honoring all treaties and agreements with indigenous peoples, and protecting and enforcing the sovereignty and land rights of indigenous peoples.


Ensuring fair business competition

The goal is to ensure a commercial environment where every businessperson is free from unfair competition and domination by domestic or international monopolies.


Providing citizens with a clean, protective and stable environment

High-quality health care; affordable, safe, and adequate housing; economic security; clean water, clean air, healthy and affordable food, and access to nature.

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