The climate crisis is a serious threat to the survival of humanity and life on Earth. To prevent catastrophe, we need a WWII-scale mobilization to transition to a sustainable economy with 100% clean renewable energy, public transit, sustainable agriculture, and conservation.
Join Jill Stein's call for a Green New Deal to create 20 million jobs and prevent climate crisis!
On Earth Day 2016, world leaders are gathering at the UN for the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement, which the corporate media will surely hail as groundbreaking.
But the inconvenient truth is that the Paris agreement’s voluntary, unenforceable pledges are entirely insufficient to prevent runaway climate change. Scientific analysis shows that these pledges will lead us to 3 degrees Celsius global temperature rise - and that will be catastrophic.
What we really need is a WWII-scale mobilization to transition to a sustainable economy with 100% clean renewable energy by 2030.
That’s why I’m calling for a Green New Deal to create 20 million jobs by investing in renewables such as wind, solar, tidal and geothermal, as well as public transit, sustainable agriculture, conservation and energy efficiency.
Climate change is a daunting threat to the survival of humanity and life on Earth.
Already tens of millions of people have been turned into climate refugees, and hundreds of thousands die annually from air pollution, heat waves, drought-based food shortages, epidemics, storms and other lethal impacts of climate change and fossil fuels.
Scientists report that sea levels are rising much faster than predicted, and could overwhelm coastal areas within decades. New York. Baltimore. Miami. Los Angeles. New Orleans. And more.
And as global climate change worsens, wars fought over access to food, water and land could become commonplace.
It’s mind-boggling that despite all this, both corporate parties are more committed to protecting the fossil fuel industry than protecting our only home.
President Obama’s “all-of-the-above” energy scheme has turned out to be “drill baby drill” on steroids. Obama’s and Secretary Clinton’s promotion of the hydrofracking industry is leading to a spreading cancer of polluted groundwater and fracked gas pipelines. And Obama’s expansion of offshore drilling and lifting of the ban on oil exports are pouring fuel on the fire of global warming.
The establishment candidates have plans for deals that will enrich Wall Street and fossil fuel giants. What they don’t have is a plan to protect our people and planet from the greatest crisis we’ve ever faced.
The Green New Deal will create 20 million jobs by transitioning to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030 and investing in public transit, sustainable agriculture, and conservation.
It will revive the economy, turn the tide on climate change, and make wars for oil obsolete.
This in turn enables a 50% cut in the military budget, since maintaining bases all over the world to safeguard fossil fuel supplies and routes of transportation could no longer be justified. That military savings of several hundred billion dollars per year would go a very long way to create green jobs at home.
On top of that, the Green New Deal largely pays for itself in health care savings from the prevention of fossil fuel-related diseases, including asthma, heart attacks, strokes and cancer.
Moving to 100% clean energy means many more jobs, a healthier environment, and far lower electric costs compared to continued reliance upon fossil fuels.
Studies have shown that the technology already exists to achieve 100% clean energy by 2030.
And we can speed up the transition by making polluters pay for the damage they’ve caused, starting with a robust carbon fee program.
We know the science, and we have the technology. All we need is a movement with the political will to do what it takes to save our planet.
The Green New Deal is not only a major step towards ending unemployment for good, but also a tool to fight the corporate takeover of our democracy and exploitation of the poor and people of color.
Our transition to 100% clean energy will be based on community, worker and public ownership of our energy system, rather than maximizing profits for energy corporations, banks and hedge funds.
We need to treat clean energy as a human right and a common good.
We also need a just transition to provide resources to the low-income communities and communities of color most impacted by climate change.
The Green New Deal will provide assistance to workers and local communities that now have workers employed in the fossil fuel industry, and to the developing world as it responds to climate change damage caused by the industrial world.
Here's the question we must ask: will we allow the corporate political establishment to continue driving us toward a cliff? Or will we build an unstoppable movement to put people, planet and peace over profit?
Be part of the movement - sign and share my call for a Green New Deal today!
The clock is ticking. This is the time to stand up for the beautiful, imperiled planet we call home. We can create an America and a world that works for all of us.
It’s in our hands!
-Jill Stein, April 22, 2016