The Green New Deal is a policy proposal that exhorts the U.S. to confront at once the pressing issues of environmental stewardship, economic equality, and social justice. It urges us to begin to address the nightmare of climate crisis at the scale and speed required to forestall unimaginable and irrefragable ecological disaster.
Among the variety of projects it urges are those designed to help the U.S. achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. These would begin moving theU.S. from a system of ecologically destructive industrial agriculture to more climate-conscious and regenerative food and farming practices.
The Green New Deal also aims to promote its agenda of social justice and equity by addressing and repairing the generational effects of the historic oppression of indigenous communities, including communities of color, migrant, and “frontline” communities around the U.S.
By focusing on the cultural sovereignty and land rights of Indigenous communities, GND advocates remind the world that they also possess the ancient heritage of ecoliteracy that must now be revived if we are to lead humanity towards a more sustainable relationship with the planet.
When the World Wildlife Fund listed the top 200 areas of the greatest biodiversity it found 95% were on Indigenous lands. Though only 11% of the planet’s forests are currently under the legal title of Indigenous communities, the lands in their stewardship contain roughly 80% of the earth’s biodiversity.