Earthjustice President Abigail Dillen released the following statement on today’s introduction of a resolution on the Green New Deal.
“Climate change is a national emergency, and we’re running out of time to prevent catastrophic consequences. We need urgent action on the scale of the Green New Deal to get to zero-emissions and 100 percent clean energy — fast. Earthjustice supports this resolution and applauds Sen. Markey, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, and others who are demonstrating the leadership we need to create a just and healthy planet for everyone.
“The Green New Deal lays out a bold vision that matches the scope of our climate crisis, and recognizes that climate solutions must be driven by and benefit frontline communities. Transforming our economy will take a national mobilization the likes of which we haven’t seen since World War II. We also must ensure that everyone benefits from a clean energy economy, including workers and the communities most burdened by pollution. Economic and racial justice must go hand-in-hand with a healthy environment.
“We look forward to working with climate leaders in Congress and our climate justice partners to build on the Green New Deal and move towards a zero-emissions and 100 percent clean energy future. The stakes are too high to wait any longer, and the cost of inaction is beyond measure. It’s time to fight climate change like our lives depend on it.”
Jill Fitzsimmons, Earthjustice, (415) 217-2000