So, I heard Thom Hartmann read the actual wording from HR109 about the Green New Deal and thought that’s what I want but it’s taken me over 20 minutes to find the actual text so I’m going to share it with you and you can decide if you want to support it and the Sunrise Movement and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or not.
So I didn’t really mean to read it all but it was so good I couldn’t help myself and it only took 10 minutes.
Let me see if I can grab the highlights here especially as they apply to farmers and gardeners but the whole thing really applies to any environmentalist and if you listen to my show you probably are an environmentalist.
Based on: the October 2018 report entitled “Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ºC” by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the November 2018 Fourth National Climate Assessment report
HR109 Recognizes the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal
(A) to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers;
(B) to create millions of good, high-wage jobs and ensure prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States;
(C) to invest in the infrastructure and industry of the United States to sustainably meet the challenges of the 21st century;
- (i) clean air and water;
- (ii) climate and community resiliency;
- (iii) healthy food;
- (iv) access to nature; and
(v) a sustainable environment; and
(E) to promote justice and equity by stopping current, preventing future, and repairing historic oppression of indigenous peoples, communities of color, migrant communities, deindustrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, and youth (referred to in this resolution as “frontline and vulnerable communities”);
And then they lay out their plans to meet these goals by
#1. Building resiliency against climate change
#2 Upgrading our infrastructure including guaranteeing a right to clean water and ensuring any bill regarding the infrastructure addresses climate change.
#3 Meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources
(i) by supporting family farming;
(ii) by investing in sustainable farming and land use practices that increase soil health; and
(iii) by building a more sustainable food system that ensures universal access to healthy food;
I mean this is really general but reducing the pollution and negative affects of climate change.
And then at the end:
L. ensuring that public lands, waters, and oceans are protected and that eminent domain is not abused;
(M) obtaining the 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;
(N) ensuring a commercial environment where every businessperson is free from unfair competition and domination by domestic or international monopolies; and
(i) high-quality health care;
(ii) affordable, safe, and adequate housing;
(iii) economic security; and
(iv) clean water, clean air, healthy and affordable food, and access to nature.