Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey just introduced a Green New Deal Resolution that makes a bold statement about the federal government’s duty to develop a 10-year plan to mobilize every aspect of American society toward 100% clean and renewable energy by 2030, a guarantee of living-wage jobs for anybody who needs one, and dedicated support for impacted workers and frontline communities bearing the brunt of pollution.
With dozens of co-sponsors signed on to the resolution, a growing number of our Senate and Congressional leaders are finally treating climate change for what it is -- a national emergency that impacts all of us. And after the past couple of years of mostly climate silence or denial, this gives me tremendous hope. Even so, it would take years to pass and implement the actual policies that could mobilize the resources and implement the solutions our communities need to see real change.
The good news is that many of the things we need to do to achieve the Green New Deal’s ambitious goals are taking shape in cities and states across the country. We all can play a role -- and we must -- to accelerate the transition to a green collar economy.
Green For All, a climate justice program of The Dream Corps, is launching a campaign called #FuelChange to help local leaders like you bring zero-emission buses and investments in clean transportation to your neighborhood.
Transportation is the #1 source of the U.S.’s climate emissions, and there is plenty you can do right now from where you live to help electrify the transportation sector. By asking city officials and local transit agencies to commit to transitioning dirty diesel bus fleets to zero-emission electric, we can fight climate change, reduce pollution, improve community health, increase mobility and improve transportation options right from our own neighborhoods. Together, we make progress toward the vision outlined in the Green New Deal Resolution.
So, as we look to our federal leaders to level up their ambition and action on climate change, ask yourself: What are you doing to level up yours? This work takes all of us doing our part.
Here are 3 simple things you can do to make difference:
Hit Up Your Representatives
If every representative gets flooded with constituent support for a Green New Deal, we can cement it at the top of the political agenda as we head into the 2020 elections. Use this simple tool to tweet at your local representative or call your representative.
Join an Upcoming Info Session on How to #FuelChange in Your Neighborhood
Green For All is hosting three informational webinars this month to help local leaders learn about transportation electrification and what can be done at the local level to bring about change where you live. Sign up for an information session.
Share Your Story
Climate change can be complex, confusing, and scary to think about but the cost of pollution adds up for everyone. By sharing your story of what climate pollution looks like where you live and how it is affecting you personally, you help people understand the issues in a deeper way. You empower people who share a similar story to realize they are not alone, and expose problems in a more compelling way than facts and figures ever could. Your story has the power to shape hearts and minds to support the ambitious solutions we seek. Share your story at myclimatecost.org.