Get to know the New Green Deal by the numbers

Then-candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at a community event on May 28, 2018. Photo by Corey Torpie, via handout. Not long after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was elected last November, she began gathering support for a “Green New Deal,” mobilizing young climate activists and pushing Democratic leaders to pursue the concept. The idea, which was first … Continue reading “Get to know the New Green Deal by the numbers”

What the New Green Deal Means for the Food on Your Plate

The long-awaited policy proposal from Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and Ed Markey has finally surfaced—and it aims to turn U.S. agriculture into a positive force for climate change and social justice. Today, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) released their much-anticipated Green New Deal with the goal of creating millions of jobs by expanding renewable energy … Continue reading “What the New Green Deal Means for the Food on Your Plate”

Public Lands Are Critical to Any Green New Deal

America’s public lands can help solve the climate crisis instead of contributing to it The Green New Deal resolution—the grandest gesture Congress has made toward climate action in decades, even if it is largely symbolic—is astonishing in its boldness. It calls for no less than weaning the country off fossil fuels within ten years, while … Continue reading “Public Lands Are Critical to Any Green New Deal”

Road to the Green New Deal Tour

In 2018, young Sunrise leaders put the Green New Deal on the map and permanently changed the conversation on climate policy in this country. The political establishment is scrambling to keep up with thousands of people across the country who are eager to take action and bring the promise of the Green New Deal into … Continue reading “Road to the Green New Deal Tour”


Photo illustration: Soohee Cho/The Intercept, Getty Images FOR AS LONG as climate change has been a part of America’s national consciousness, it’s been talked about in dire terms, evoking images of some hellish, Mad Max-style dystopia. The title and much of the content of David Wallace-Wells’s recent book is a variation on the same theme, stirring … Continue reading “COULD A GREEN NEW DEAL MAKE US HAPPIER PEOPLE?”

Town Halls for a Green New Deal

Our movement has changed what’s possible around climate solutions in our country.  We put the Green New Deal on the map and our momentum is surging.  More than 100 Members of Congress have backed the Green New Deal, nearly all major Democratic Presidential hopefuls are onboard, and the Green New Deal is one of the top issues … Continue reading “Town Halls for a Green New Deal”

A Green New Deal for Food and Farming

To address climate change, we’ve got to end chemical-intensive agriculture. Why? Because globally, today’s food and agriculture systems are responsible for more climate-change contributing emissions than the world’s cars, trucks, planes, and trains combined. At the same time, we’re confronted with evidence that climate change is unravelling the systems of the natural world that have … Continue reading “A Green New Deal for Food and Farming”

Cities and states are modeling what a Green New Deal could look like

Smaller-scale efforts show local governments are prepared to act on climate change. CREDIT: DIANA OFOSU Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have spent the past two months engaged in a war of words over the Green New Deal resolution. Many argue its ambitious goals aren’t feasible within the short timeframe it lays out. Others say there’s simply … Continue reading “Cities and states are modeling what a Green New Deal could look like”

Why Ed Markey, the Co-Sponsor of the Green New Deal, May Be Hopeful For Its Chances

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Jesse Costa/WBUR; Kathy Willens/AP) Last Tuesday, the Republican-led Senate made a mockery of the Green New Deal by forcing, without discussion, an up-or-down “bluff vote” on the resolution. Referencing a climate deniers’ laugh line about livestock flatulence, in reference to the resolution’s mention of the high … Continue reading “Why Ed Markey, the Co-Sponsor of the Green New Deal, May Be Hopeful For Its Chances”

Why ‘Green New Deal’ Has Washington in Such a Lather President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal created a sprawling range of public-works programs to address the Great Depression. Eighty years later, some present-day members of his party say a program no less grand in scope is needed to address a new crisis — the existential threat of global warming. A band of self-described progressiveDemocrats energized by the … Continue reading “Why ‘Green New Deal’ Has Washington in Such a Lather”