Science for the People

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Science for the People was established to promote the People's Green New Deal. Science for the People Statement on the Green New Deal.

Purpose

Science for the People calls for a “People’s Green New Deal” to combat the climate crisis with widespread democratic input.

The call for a Green New Deal put forward by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez offers an opportunity to create transformative solutions to the interrelated crises of climate change, racism, xenophobia, and declining living standards for the majority.

Today, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a movement that can make this transformative vision a reality. We need you to sign up today to help us.

As the Green New Deal becomes part of the mainstream political discussion, there will be pressure to water it down, and to prioritize its most problematic elements over those that “require elected representatives to think outside of the normally accepted economic, social, industrial, and commercial parameters” (CJA).

The People’s Green New Deal campaign will fight to maintain the radical, popular promise at the heart of the GND proposal from Ocasio-Cortez and the Sunrise Movement and to strengthen the proposal through democratic input:

We promote solutions and struggles that educate, organize, mobilize, and directly empower working class people, Indigenous Peoples, historically oppressed communities, and migrants displaced by climate disaster, in their everyday lives.

We aim to collaborate with all of those who have developed the core ideas of the Green New Deal over the years and decades, particularly to ensure we understand the role of militarism in the climate crisis, and to fight for globally just solutions.

We stand with frontline communities demanding equitable solutions to the climate crisis, so that no member of our society will be forgotten or unjustly bear the costs of climate change.

We stand with trade unions demanding a Just Transition and the creation of millions of green jobs, so that all people may be able to support their families with dignity.

We call for a transformation of the economy which redistributes resources from those who led us into this crisis in the first place.

We will act to ensure the Green New Deal’s social, industrial, and economic transitions elevate the voices of workers, people of color, Indigenous Peoples, women, and migrants. We will lend our technical expertise to supporting solutions that are driven and controlled by these communities.

Addressing climate change is not only an urgent moral and ecological imperative. It is something that, if done right, can vastly improve the lives of millions, re-orient our society around values of solidarity, justice, and equality, and build a much more democratic world.

Join us today.

Sign this call for action & Get involved.

List of signatories,April 2019:

East Tennessee event

In late February 2019, Science for the People - East Tennessee hosted scientists, activists, and community members for a guided discussion around just transition to green energy and agriculture for Knoxville, Appalachia, and beyond. We had about 40 people come out and share their thoughts on a few questions related to the Green New Deal. This was a prelude to larger organization’s campaign for a People's Green New Deal.

At present, ourselves and other regional organizations are converging around a shared, long-term campaign to rewrite the Tennessee Valley Authority act within the framework of a Green New Deal. We are kicking off this campaign by hosting a series of events we are calling an “Energy Democracy” tour, whereby we’ll target communities and cities that would be most impacted by a just transition away from fossil fuels to hear out their concerns and accumulate input on necessary content of a rewrite. All this is meant to build up masses and converge organizations around this goal so that if the political climate changes in 2021 we’ll be set to introduce popular legislation through some of the politicians who have been vocal about the GND.[2]

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