What’s at Stake in 2020: The Green New Deal

by Ashley Thomson

October 31, 2020

I want you to close your eyes and imagine something: I want you to imagine a world where a Green New Deal is a reality.

Green New Deal Rally

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  • Where our legislators listened to the voices of millions of voters and activists by embracing solutions as big as the problems we face. 
  • Where we’re investing in 100% renewable energy and greener infrastructure around the country. 
  • Where we’ve created millions of family-sustaining, union jobs to build solar panels, windmills, high-speed rails, and so much more. 
  • Where we no longer put Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities into sacrifice zones on the frontlines of the climate crisis. 

Now I want you to imagine something a little less pleasant: what would happen if the status quo remains for another four years.

  • Imagine a world where we pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement and fall even further behind the rest of the world.
  • Where taxpayer dollars are spent on building missiles, oil drills, and corporate bailouts instead of green infrastructure. 
  • A world where we’d be fighting on poor terrain just to stop the country from regressing even further, rather than building toward a Green New Deal with leaders in the House, Senate, and White House who believe the science and are open to pressure.

Here’s the truth: neither of these require a lot of imagination because they’re both within reach. And if we want that better, greener future, we’re going to need to fight for it — starting with this current election, and in the weeks, months, and years after. 

Please take a moment to make your plan to vote early, by mail, or in person on November 3rd. And if you’ve already voted or have made your plan, all I ask is that you forward this email to FIVE people you know.

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When it comes to combating the climate crisis, there isn’t a moment to waste. According to scientists, we only have a few years to act before the damage becomes irreversible. By electing climate leaders — or at the very least, politicians who believe in and will act on science — we’ll put ourselves in a vastly better position to enact a Green New Deal and tackle this crisis head on. 

But our work can’t (and won’t) stop there. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated many of the same long-standing injustices that the Green New Deal seeks to address: racial injustice, economic inequality, and climate change. 

In very stark terms: the same health impacts caused by fossil fuel pollution has made COVID more deadly. Most often — and because of racist zoning policies that disproportionately makes the impact of pollution fall on BIPOC communities — the fossil fuel industry has contributed to the devastating number of deaths in Black communities and communities of color from COVID-19.

So when we talk about what’s at stake in this election and how the Green New Deal plays a role, we’re also talking about the intersection of racial, economic, social, and environmental justice. 

I hope you’ll take a moment to make your plan to vote. Join us in fighting for not only a greener future, but a more just and equitable one.

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As the deadline for voting approaches, we’re pulling out all the stops to make sure that you, your friends, family, neighbors, and every environmental voter has their voice heard before the polls close. Our “What’s at Stake” series highlights a key issue that’s on the ballot. If you haven’t voted yet, now is the time. If people in your circle are on the fence, please share this post or have a conversation with them today.

Ashley Thomson

By Ashley Thomson

Ashley is a Campaigner on the Amazon with the Greenpeace USA Forests team.

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