Our country is in crisis. The climate crisis is here. There are 18 million people out of work and millions more trying to get by working part-time, underpaid jobs. And as we are suffering through a global pandemic, communities across America have been suffering the consequences of climate change-fueled extreme weather — from winter storms to flooding to record-breaking heat waves. This is an emergency, and our politicians need to act like it.
Biden and Congress have a critical window of time to deliver for the people who elected them. If we don’t get started on this now, the suffering will only intensify and the costs will only be higher.
What we can do about it?
With so much work to be done, there’s no reason anyone in the richest country in the history of the world should be unemployed, underemployed, or working a job that isn’t in the national interest. It’s time for the government to guarantee good, green jobs for all.
A Jobs Guarantee
A jobs guarantee is central to the mission of a Green New Deal — and in the Green New Deal resolution already. It protects people from the risk of unemployment and establishes a labor force to do the critical work of building green infrastructure and to do what we do best: take care of each other. It’s the best way for us to marshal the full resources of our country to transition our energy grid, transform our society, and stop the climate crisis.
The good news is that Joe Biden and Congress have the opportunity to pass the first pillar of the Green New Deal, a government jobs program, this year! They have the opportunity to invest in a bold, fully-funded Civilian Climate Corps (CCC).
|A Civilian Climate Corps represents one of the largest potential investments in our people, our infrastructure and our climate. The CCC will put millions to work in good, well-paid jobs restoring our climate and strengthening our communities, and redirect billions of dollars to frontline working-class Black and brown communities.|
Together, we can ensure our government kicks off the Decade of the Green New Deal right now and invests in job creation at a scale that meets the crises we face. We can do this by organizing our communities and making our demands so loud that the representatives we elected have no choice but to listen. We’re going to need all of the help we can get.