Panel Discusses How the Green New Deal is a Call to World War II-like Mobilization
By Cliff DuRand
The public is waking to the fierce urgency of addressing climate change. Extreme weather events, melting glaciers, floods and droughts, wildfires, and intense heatwaves all herald a global climate system out of balance and threaten human civilization as we know it.
In the US, progressive leaders have called for a Green New Deal on the scale of the mobilization that happened in World War II and have outlined an integrated plan to address the climate emergency. It calls for a conversion of our energy system away from fossil fuels to renewables like solar and wind that can also provide good union jobs in clean energy. It calls for regenerative agriculture to draw carbon out of the atmosphere and enrich the soil to grow healthier food. It calls for overhauling our transportation system, retrofitting buildings nationwide for energy efficiency, and much more, addressing not only climate change but also a host of interconnected issues.
A discussion panel with Georgeann Johnson, Susan Goldman, and Cliff DuRand from the Center for Global Justice will flesh out the bold ideas of the Green New Deal and visit some of the controversy it has generated. Some have said it is a grab bag wish list for progressives. Many have asked how the transition to clean energy will be financed. What is the political and economic pushback from the fossil fuel industries (oil and coal)? Doesn’t the Green New Deal just mean more big government?
Yet the challenge of climate change clearly requires action on a massive scale. It won’t just go away on its own, and it’s getting worse every year. The clock is ticking. The future for our children and grandchildren depends on what we do now.
San Miguel is blessed with many good Samaritans. From Caminamos Juntos helping deportees settle here to ABBA House offering respite for migrants traveling north and south, there are many organizations and individuals that help those fleeing persecution in both the US and Central America. The Center for Global Justice will highlight this work by screening Judy Jackson’s documentary on ABBA House, followed by a discussion with some of those directly involved. In these dark times, it is inspiring to see human solidarity emerging all around us.
Center for Global Justice presents
“Green New Deal”
Georgeann Johnson, Susan Goldman, and Cliff DuRand
Wed, Aug 28, 11am
La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A
Film and Panel
“Migration and Local Solidarity”
Thu, Aug 29, 11am
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A