The Green New Deal is a policy proposal that exhorts the U.S. to confront the issues of environmental stewardship, economic equality, and social justice at the scale and speed that our ecological crisis now demands.
Among the variety of projects that the Green New Deal supports are those designed to help the U.S. achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Implementation of these projects will help move the nation from a system of ecologically extractive and destructive agriculture to one that is both sustainable and regenerative.
Another key focus of the Green New Deal, ignored for far to long in American political discourse, is redressing the historic oppression of indigenous communities and supporting their ongoing struggle for land rights and social equity.
The sovereignty and health of Indigenous people is directly linked to the health and vitality of the planet’s ecosystm. When the World Wildlife Fund listed the top 200 areas of biodiversity in the world it found 95% were located on Indigenous lands.While only 11% of the planet’s forests are currently under the legal title of Indigenous people, the lands they now inhabit contain roughly 80% of the earth’s biodiversity.