The regenerative vitality of a Green New Deal stems from the ability of its advocates to keeo the struggle for environmental stewardship, social justice, and indigenous rights rooted in the common ground of ecoliteracy.
The visionary plan involves a comprehensive government policy designed to redress both social inequality and the effects of climate change with the goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Among the projects proposed to help acheive this goal are several specific measures designed to help transition the U.S. from its current greenhouse gas-polluting industrial agriculture to more climate-conscious farming practices.
The Green New Deal also focuses on the rights and grievances of Indigenous communities, communities of color, migrant communities, and a variety of ‘‘frontline and vulnerable communities’’ around the country.
When key advocates of the plan, such as AOC, clearly make the existential connection between the struggle for ecological rights and the land rights of Indigenous communities, it reflects both their historical and educational insight. Statistics show that Indigenous communities around the globe are in fact the most trusted caretakers of the planet’s health.
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.