Earth Matters Livestream Watch Party: Green New Deal
On Tuesday, February 5, at 7 p.m., venues and homes across the country will host livestream watch parties in which the youth-led climate and social justice group, the Sunrise Movement, will lay out the details of the Green New Deal Strategy and officially launch its 2019 campaign. Join 350VT node Earth Matters at the Wilburton Inn in Manchester and learn how to take action to make a Green New Deal a reality. To RSVP for the watch party, go to actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/host-a-green-new-deal-livestream-watch-party Food and beverages will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring some snacks to share as well.
Back in the fall, the UN’s IPCC 1.5°C report and the National Climate Assessment presented two messages: We are in the midst of a planet-wide crisis, and time is running out to act. For the first time ever, there is a proposal before Congress in line with what the world’s top climate scientists say we need. Specifically, the Green New Deal is asking to ban fracking, halt all new fossil fuel extraction and move the country to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035; rapidly decarbonize agriculture and transportation sectors and expand access to public transportation; ensure a fair and just transition led by impacted workers and communities; uphold indigenous rights; and create good jobs with family-sustaining wages. The Green New Deal vision is a bold climate solution that would put power in the hands of communities – not corporations. The idea of a Green New Deal is gaining momentum in Congress. Presidential hopefuls are starting to voice support and new Congressional leaders are defining their priorities for the year ahead. Now is the time to push hard for the bold climate action we need.
A rally will be held at the Manchester Roundabout at 12 noon on Friday, February 8, to support the Green New Deal. Bring signs. Youth are encouraged to participate.