The Green New Deal proposes a unified global-social contract designed to simultanelusly confront the issues of environmental stewardship, economic equality, and social justice. It answers the call to address climate crisis at the scale and speed necessary to forestall unimaginable and irretrievable ecological disaster.
Among the variety of projects it proposes are those designed to help the U.S. achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030., moving from a ecologically destructive industrial agriculture to more climate-conscious and regenerative organic food and farming practices.
The GND 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, communities of color, migrant and “fronltine” communities around the country. Fighting for good global stewardship and the land rights of Indigenous communities is part of a single struggle. 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.