Transforming Our Environment and Economy with the Green New Deal

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“The scale of the problem is such that we need an equally sizable solution to make it work.” —Demond Drummer, co-founder and Executive Director of New Consensus, on the climate crisis and the Green New Deal.

The environment and economy are inextricably linked, and we cannot fight the climate crisis without reforming the systems that continue to profit from it.

This week, we interview one of the thought leaders behind the Green New Deal and hear from brilliant voices in a variety of fields on the promise — and perils — of this ambitiously broad and catalytic initiative.

Demond Drummer: A Green New Deal

Demond Drummer is one of the true intellectual architects of the Green New Deal. In his keynote speech at the 2019 Bioneers Conference, he draws from the history of FDR’s New Deal, the WWII mobilization, the moonshot of the 1960s, and the Civil Rights Movement to explain the critical importance of the Green New Deal as the next chapter of the American story.

We recently talked to Demond about what the success of the Green New Deal looks like, and how it could shape the future of our society.

“We live in a system that took many, many years to build, and it’s going to take some time to get back. We need a systemic solution. That comes from really examining, interrogating and changing the policy and economic regime that we live in.

I think the world is possible, and all we have to do is decide to go out there and do it, and not be limited by stale thinking and by systems that were not designed to get us where we want to go. We have to identify those things that need to be thrown out, restore what needs to be kept, bring back some things that we’ve forgotten, and continue to iterate and build a society that we want.”

Watch Demond’s full Bioneers 2019 keynote presentation here, and read more from our conversation with him here.

How to Solidify the Future of the Green New Deal

The Green New Deal is an idea whose time has finally come. But what will it really take to build the enduring structures, institutions and global cooperation that actually reconcile the core contradictions between markets and the public good, between dignified work and robots, between the laws of nature and principles of social and justice and economic democracy?

Following is a conversation among visionaries in economics, systems change, policy and environmental planning: Greg Watson of the Shumacher Institute for New Economics; Paul Hawken of Project Drawdown; Vien Truong, former ED of Green For All; and David Orr of the State of American Democracy Project.

Read more here.

The Green New Deal: Bioneers Media Collection

We have compiled this media collection from our 30-year history to feature some of the most innovative thought leaders working on the topics related to the Green New Deal. The videos, podcasts and articles included are presented within a loose framework based on the Green New Deal’s larger goals.

Browse the collection here.

A Green New Deal: A Conversation with Vien Truong On How We Got Here and Where We’re Heading

Vien Truong, former President of the DreamCorps, has worked tirelessly to bring equity, social justice and climate justice to the frontlines of the environmental movement and public policy. Prior to her role at Green For All, Truong was a central force in the effort to put environmental justice at the center of California’s groundbreaking climate policy mechanisms and cap-and-trade funding.

Bioneers’ Teo Grossman spoke with Truong about the potential future of the Green New Deal proposal and how California’s climate action can serve as a template for national progress.

Read more here.

Green Economy with Van Jones

As the climate change movement leaps to the center of political, cultural and economic urgency, we’re confronted with two crucial questions: Who will we take with us? Who will we leave behind? This issue is now about more than just saving the planet as it is united with the goal of slashing poverty. Featuring Van Jones, activist and co-founder of Dream Corps.

Watch here.

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