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I. Green New Deal Documents, Articles, Videos, Organizations and Upcoming Actions

Documents

  • Faith Principles for a Green New Deal

Interfaith Power & Light – a member of the WISC Energy and Ecology Working Group – has drafted a letter outlining “The Green New Deal Faith Principles,” which is now open for organizational signatures. You can read the document here.

This letter does not endorse the Green New Deal resolution, but is using this as an opportunity to make sure that legislators include the faith community’s perspective as they draft legislation to reach the goals laid out in the Green New Deal resolution.

 

  • RESOLUTION in HR and Senate: “Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal,”  updated version to read. 


  • The full text of the proposal to create a Green New Deal  Committee submitted to HR: Proposed bill

 


    

Books 

Gretchen Bakke, The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future

 

Michael Gerrard and John C. Dernbach, editors, Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States, Environmental Law Institute.  This is an amazingly comprehensive tome on many, many methods with legal components to reverse climate change.  1000 pp plus.  Pricey.  Ask your library to stock it.

 

Kristin Ohlson, The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil To Save the Planet.

 

Mara Prentiss, Energy Revolution: The Physics and the Promise of Efficient Technology  Covers renewables, by chapter, up to about 2016.

 

Josh Tickell, Kiss the Ground: How the Food You Eat Can Reverse Climate Change, Heal Your Body & Ultimately Save Our World.


Articles


  • What 'Living in the Truth' Looks Like in the face of Climate Catastrophe, here, by Wes Stephenson in The Nation with commentary on Bill McKibben's new book, Falter: Has the Human Game Begun To Play Itself Out? A wake-up call not only for climate change urgency but for democracy as the only way through.

 


  • January 2019 - Bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act reintroduced into new 116th Congress as HR 763.  Click here for more details.


 

  • "The Climate Change Adaptation Issue" Sierra, January/February 2019  (entire issue, not a link).  There are articles on South Florida, Phoenix, inhabitants of Marshall Islands relocating to Arkansas with seachange….

 

Articles, updating global environmental conditions as climate change progresses


  • Dahr Jamail, Truthout 4-29-19, The Last Time There Was This Much CO2, Trees Grew at the South Pole, link



Articles, mostly overviews and history


Excellent coverage of the many areas to be studied and implemented. A curriculum, with a list of study discussion sessions could be devised. Examples are income inequality and job creation, the how-to switch to renewables, financing the transition with do’s and dont’s of the original New Deal, working the politics, international issues and the certainty of and need for planning for mass migration with climate change. Plus, what congregations can do now.


From Oil Change International  this article explains: "When externalities are included, as in a 2015 study by the International Monetary Fund, the unpaid costs of fossil fuels are upward of $5.3 trillion annually – which works out to a staggering $10 million per minute." This is why a cost of $100 trillion shouldn't scare us. We're already spending that much on fossil fuels as we destroy our ability to live on the earth

A Green New Deal, a progressive vision for Environmental Sustainability and Economic stability. America cannot continue this unsustainable course. The time is over for debating the reality of climate change, the threats to the environment or public health, and the lack of justice. The time is also over where we could accomplish our goals through incremental change

New York Times article endorsing the Green New Deal.     


  • Trump can disband his Science Panel, but since he's not king yet, the Panel can go on.  NY state is hosting an expanded panel to insure that we have the best science available to deal with climate change.


Gives important critiques that must be answered, but should not kill the project.

 

 

  • Naomi Klein tells why we need Alexandria Ocasio Cortez's approach to the Green New Deal.  She ties together the practical and the spiritual, posted February 13.


 

 

Quote from the article’s theme: “It comes down to money. Fossil-fuel executives and the politicians they bankroll have presented a false choice between a healthy economy and a healthy planet. They’ve successfully framed the debate in the language of austerity and sacrifice, of poverty and suffering.”

Several graphs and explanation of why Democrats should support the GND  link


     


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        • Bill McKibben op-ed from The Nation. It’s an historical review of carbon energy.

          https://truthout.org/articles/recording-reveals-oil-industry-executives-laughing-at-trump-access/
          Looking inside the fossil fuel industries interest in controlling/rescinding environmental regulations.


          • Several articles on an important Montana Federal Court decision in case of protecting public lands in Wyoming from fossil fuel extraction because of environmental concerns.  https://westernlaw.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2018.03.23-Buffalo-Miles-City-Final-Order-revised.pdf
            Sierra club article on case:   https://www.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2018/03/court-rejects-blm-plans-mine-10-billion-tons-coal-install-thousands-oil-and

          The plan covers 15 million acres in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming. The ruling on it is the latest to cite risks of fossil fuels and global warming. Subscribe here. A federal court has ruled against a U.S. Interior Department plan to open more than 15 million acres of public land and mineral rights to fossil fuel extraction, concluding that the government failed to adequately consider how the … Download a copy of the decision here.


        Economic Theories and Economic Inequality Issues in Climate Change Discussion

        The Economics/Financing of Green New Deal

             


        A new study that is to the ‘left’ of the Green New Deal concludes only radical government-directed action will succeed:  We thus have to discard the prevalent market-oriented belief system, in which government intervention and non-market modes of coordination and decision-making are inferior to the market mechanism and will mostly fail to achieve what they intend to bring about.” 

        A study from 2011 by economist Ann Pettifor that argues it is feasible to finance a global green transition using tools similar to those used to deal with the Great Recession.  “We are capable of shutting off the sun and the stars because they do not pay a dividend. London is one of the richest cities in the history of civilization, but it cannot “afford” the highest standards of achievement of which its own living citizens are capable, because they do not “pay.”

         

        Cooperatives, B Corps, other better business alternatives of all kinds

          https://www.ukessays.com/essays/commerce/corporate-governance-and-business-ethics-of-ikea-commerce-essay.php

           

             

            Regenerative Agriculture

            • "A Green New Deal must Prioritize Regenerative Agriculture"     link

            Indigenous Rights, Language Loss and Green New Deal 

             

             



              Alternatives to GDP for measuring national well-being  

              Here are some of the alternatives that could be used.  In general, most everyone, even hardcore economists, agrees that gdp is an inadequate measure, but trying to factor in other variables is tricky and controversial.  Some of the most important elements are very subjective. From Allen Wasserman

              • Genuine Progress Indicator.  Developed in the mid 2000s, this is specifically designed to take account of environmental factors.  For instance, conventional GDP measures count pollution twice, once for the initial polluting activity (mining, industry, agriculture, etc.) and again when the pollution is cleaned up.


              • World Happiness Report.  Has six key items:  income, life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust, generosity.  For 2018 Finland is #1, the US is #18.

                

              • UN-Human Development Indicators.   Widely used measure that incorporates life expectancy, schooling, literacy, and GDP.  For 2018 Norway is #1, the US is #13.  


              • National Accounts.  In the US, back in 1994 the Commerce Department was directed to come up with economic measures to take resource depletion and pollution into account as a supplement to other types of national accounts.  Not surprisingly, the results alarmed coal and mineral interests and Congress in 1995 directed the Bureau of Economic Accounts to stop its work and subject it to outside review.  In 1999 William Nordhaus, a Yale economics professor (who subsequently received a Nobel for his work on environmental economics) published his review, which strongly recommended that BEA continue working.  As far as I know, the ban is still in effect. 

               

              Interactive Tool Kits

               

              Oil and Gas Tool Kit for Activists  here.  Read the supporting article here on oil and gas increased production in the US and suggested actions to reverse it before it is too late.

              Community Power Interactive Tool Kit on how to affect energy consumption in your city, utility and neighborhood from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) which is a great organization and sends out newsletters on line.


              Media on Green New Deal

              • The Climate Crisis and the Green New Deal, excellent panel discussion chaired by Bill McKibben with Naomi Klein, Matt Nelson of Presente.org representing the Latin-ex community, Abdul El Said of Detroit who ran for governor of Michigan, and Stephanie Kelton, Professor of Economics at Stony Brook.  Would make an excellent congregational program with discussion to follow.

               

              • Podcast of Sunrise Movement call to now thousands of supporters to spark action now, following roll out of the Green New Deal in Congress. Naomi Klein has a good section on it as well as young leaders, inspiring to see. Recording of the livestream can be found here.


              The following videos are from Terry Lowman and Erv Klaus

              • What we're up against, Democrats who take oil, gas and coal money and disinformation campaigns with Corporate power propaganda and this corporate skulduggery.  Keep in mind that the Cato institute and Heartland institute are Koch and oil industry shills.

              • Using capitalism to sell a new green deal, a TED talkTerry's suspicious, if there's horse trading so that Wall Street gets involved, but at least we're getting political buy in across the spectrum.


              Humor Video


                    This is much more cute, than humorous.  Basically, we adults in the room need to get cracking--no more fracking and cow farts aren't funny.


              This video is so descriptive on how we have taken something billions of years old, the earth, and wreaked destruction in the blink of an eye--using spoken word art.


              Videos on how to present climate change to audiences



              Solutions

              • Podcast on localizing and improving technologyof electric grid and broadband to reduce cost and use timing of use to best benefit from renewable sources like wind and solar. Book recommended by above podcast is: Gretchen Bakke, The Grid, the Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future, 2016.



                  Bill Gates is leading a Canadian group to pull CO2 out of the air and create fuel with it.  They are able to sequester one ton per day--a miniscule amount considering concrete, between mining, manufacturing, transportation and the chemical processes create 1.5 tons of CO2 for every ton of concrete...and there are 10 billion tons of concrete poured every year in the US.

               

              A tiny Swiss company has ideas on how to remove CO2 and produce fertilizer from it.

               

              Organizations

               

              • Elders Climate Action Conservative Elders Climate Action is building a non-partisan movement of elders committed to making our voices heard.

              • The Solutions Project, advocating for people of color and women in dealing with environmental justice and climate change.


              • 350.org Founded by Bill McKibben, world-wide in scope.



              • Citizens Climate Lobby Citizens' Climate Lobby creates the political will for a livable world. We empower individuals to experience breakthroughs by exercising their personal and political power.


              • The Climate Mobilization.   The Climate Emergency Movement is a network of people doing everything we can to prevent climate and ecological catastrophe. We ask our institutions and communities to respond to climate change and ecological destruction as an emergency. We demand the only response that makes sense: a massive, just mobilization of our cities and nation to protect humanity and the natural world.


              • GreenFaith. Inspiring, educating, and mobilizing people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental leadership. 


              • The Green Party, see Documents above for their Green New Deal


              • Labor Network for Sustainability, the organized voice within the labor movement for policies that are ecologically sustainable while also advancing the movement for good jobs and a just transition for workers and communities hurt by the effects of climate change and by the transition to renewable energy. 


              • PowerShift.  This is a bottom-up, grassroots hub for young climate activists.


              • Sunrise Movement.  An organization begun by young people to achieve the Green New Deal. The UUA and UUJEC have signed on as a sponsoring organization. See Actions below.


              • Youth Climate Leaders.  Our main goal is to empower a diverse group of young leaders from all over the world with leadership and entrepreneurial skills to be used right now to address climate change.

               

              Actions

               You can check out the nearest action to your zip code.

              Feb 4, Transit Equity Day for Civil Rights and a Healthy Planet,

              Click here for the Organizing Toolkit.

              Download this Transit Equity Day poster, fill it out with a personal message, and take a photo to share via social media. Get on Board for Transit Equity Day! Register your activity here (even if you don’t know what it is yet).


              • Sunrise Action Guide: Operation Green New Deal Blitz: A step-by-step guide to help you take action for the Green New Deal: We’re calling on all Senators and Representatives to make a choice: will they support the only resolution to meet the scale of the climate crisis? Or will they condemn the millions of young people in our generation to a future ravaged by wildfires, heatwaves, and hurricanes? It’s on us to move this resolution forward by turning up the heat on our members of Congress throughout February. Here’s our plan.
              • Feb 6-10th MAKE OUR DEMAND CLEAR  We’ll tweet, call, and email our Senators and Representatives relentlessly with our demand that they back Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez & Markey’s Joint Resolution for a Green New Deal now.


              Apr 15 Extinction Rebellion Action: worldwide.

              Transportation


                            Here's some great resources on rail transportation:

                            -High Speed Rail: Fast Track to Sustainable Mobility

                            -Rail Plan - for entire US, and an example for a region (Chicago) as examples how to layout in simple graphics a rail system 

                            -Sustainability & Rail

                            -Top 10 Reasons to Bring High Speed Rail to America

                            -Information about opponents, the denial campaigns, misinformation operation attacking rail, renewable energy and now the Green New Deal  (good info to use to develop your own talking point answers to objections about the GND)

                            Also, the Green New Deal needs to add a note to encourage "compact, walkable, mixed-use communities at the rail stations". This delivers not only affordable housing and entire communities (no need for expensive cars), but also is far greener with everyone walking, riding bikes, and on clean electric trains. This didn't get much mention in the GND, but walkable communities can go a long way to reducing people's daily carbon footprint, so it should be in there.

                            A lot of people seem to have problems with all the social parts of the GND, but one great answer to this that could be in your talking points comes from the great visionary thinker Lester Brown (from Plan B 4.0):  (GND could be substituted for Plan B)  

                            You can download Brown's book here for free:  http://www.earth-policy.org/images/uploads/book_files/pb4book.pdf

                            "Plan B is an integrated program with four interdependent goals. We are not, for example, likely to stabilize population unless we an also eradicate poverty. Conversely, we cannot restore the earth's natural systems without stabilizing population and climate, and we are not likely to stabilize climate unless we also stabilize population. Nor can we eradicate poverty without restoring the earth's natural systems."  

                            The conclusion that you all correctly arrived at is its all connected and we're all in this together, and have to work together to solve it together for everyone. We can't leave anyone behind.


                            From Fossil Fuel Dot Org:

                             


                            "When externalities are included, as in a 2015 study by the International Monetary Fund, the unpaid costs of fossil fuels are upward of $5.3 trillion annually – which works out to a staggering $10 million per minute." This is why a cost of $100 trillion shouldn't scare us. We're already spending that much on fossil fuels as we destroy our ability to live on the earth."

                             

                             




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