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An urgent and definitive collection of essays from leaders and experts championing the Green New Deal—and a detailed playbook for how we can win it—including contributions by leading activists and progressive writers like Varshini Prakash, Rhiana Gunn-Wright, Bill McKibben, Rev William Barber II, and more.
In October 2018, scientists warned that we have less than 12 years left to transform our economy away from fossil fuels, or face catastrophic climate change. At that moment, there was no plan in the US to decarbonize our economy that fast. Less than two years later, every major Democratic presidential candidate has embraced the vision of the Green New Deal—a rapid, vast transformation of our economy to avert climate catastrophe while securing economic and racial justice for all.
What happened? A new generation of leaders confronted the political establishment in Washington DC with a simple message: the climate crisis is here, and the Green New Deal is our last, best hope for a livable future. Now comes the hard part: turning that vision into the law of the land.
In Winning a Green New Deal, leading youth activists, journalists, and policymakers explain why we need a transformative agenda to avert climate catastrophe, and how our movement can organize to win. Featuring essays by Varshini Prakash, cofounder of Sunrise Movement; Rhiana Gunn-Wright, Green New Deal policy architect; Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize–winning economist; Bill McKibben, internationally renowned environmentalist; Mary Kay Henry, the President of the Service Employees International Union, and others we’ll learn why the climate crisis cannot be solved unless we also confront inequality and racism, how movements can redefine what’s politically possible and overcome the opposition of fossil fuel billionaires, and how a Green New Deal will build a just and thriving economy for all of us.
For anyone looking to understand the movement for a Green New Deal, and join the fight for a livable future, there is no resource as clear and practical as Winning the Green New Deal.
Climate activists Prakash and Girgenti present a stirring essay collection in support of the Green New Deal. Prakash introduces the anthology by detailing a 2018 sit-in at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office, which spurred congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to release a proposal for "a comprehensive program of reform to halt climate change while creating good jobs and reducing inequality." The collection's big-name contributors include Naomi Klein (On Fire), who explains the role of "deregulated capitalism" in the climate crisis; Joseph Stiglitz (People, Power, and Profits), who makes the economic case for the Green New Deal; and Rev. William Barber II (The Third Reconstruction), who draws parallels to post Civil War reconstruction and the civil rights movement. The anthology also features instructive and moving testimony from people directly affected by the consequences of climate change, including a young woman whose hometown of Paradise, Calif., was destroyed by wildfire. By selecting contributors wisely, Prakash and Girgenti offer both a comprehensive representation of the climate movement and a practical road map for change. Young progressives will be especially affected by this impassioned and eloquent plea for progress.