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Green New Deal and Climate Justice

What's next? The Next Two Years and Beyond Conference brought many justice workers together who recognize the need to forge greater collaborations. Over the months ahead, discussions should be initiated.

Meanwhile, what's next for taking action as a climate justice movement? We have many opportunities to jump into the movement:

#1 TALK UP THE GREEN NEW DEAL on both state and federal level. (link here to summary) As Saya (Sunrise Movement) highlighted in her remarks, the uniting action of social justice allies with climate justice groups for 2019 is the GREEN NEW DEAL

#2 TALK UP THE PEACE AGENDA. Support state legislative agenda of the Massachusetts Peace & Justice Network, which is submitting a set of ten bills to the Massachusetts state legislature. The issues range from nuclear disarmament to Middle East wars, military spending, legislative ethics, and the design of the state flag and seal.

Join us on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 10am, in the State House, room 167 for the Peace Agenda Lobby Day. Advocates will meet with legislators to share about the bills' importance and to ask that they co-sponsor. We need lots of volunteer to help out -- Please sign up to attend so we can plan the work for the day!

#3 JOIN A GROUP. The easiest way to be active is to connect with one of the climate action groups: www.betterfutureproject.org ; www.sierraclub.org/massachusetts; www.greenenergyconsumers.org; www.massclimateaction.org;

#4 PICK AN IDEA TO WORK ON. You all wrote opinions on how to address the crisis. They are, in no particular order:

  • Better communication and messaging on climate change
  • Tech training on communication tools, e.g., google drive, Slack)
  • Industrial transformation to survive
  • Education on economic policies needed to mobilize the green transition
  • Native Americans need a place at the table and we need many like-minded groups who have a strong spiritual connection to Mother Earth that can share their wisdom
  • Put more pressure on politicians
  • Make meaningful connections with people from other social justice groups to form a united front
  • Fix leaking (gas) pipes; no new pipelines
  • Keep pressure on legislators to stop gas lines
  • Free solar panels
  • Have state program to help cities/towns set up alternative energy for their community with extra for low-income
  • Push heat pump technology
  • Read Wen Stephenson's book "What We Are Fighting For Now Is Each Other"
  • Divest union money from fossil fuels (incl.public education teachers' funds) high school students should pressure their teachers to divest their pension funds
  • Rallies to promote a massive project to make all buildings and home energy efficient
  • Create an infrastructure for a green future
  • Make MA commit to being fossil free by (specific year)
  • Get money out of electoral politics and make voting a requirement
  • Award people for not driving
  • More collaboration among groups
  • Green job fair as part of the Green New Deal
  • Ban single-use plastic bags, straws and bottles
  • Direct action and civil disobedience, e.g., Extinction Rebellion
  • Promote energy utility justice by transforming the investor-owned
  • utilities,e.g., EverSource, to publicly-owned utilities
  • Build grassroots movement support for climate justice legal battles in the courts, e.g., Our Children's Trust)
  • White folks should raise racial, gender, economic, and social justice concerns into environmental climate movement.

Excerpts from the conference keynote speakers can be viewed on YouTube.

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