CJA and the Green New Deal

Centering Frontline Communities in the Just Transition

“The Climate Justice Alliance welcomes the bold Green New Deal initiative from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other Members of Congress; however, to truly address the interlinked crises of a faltering democracy, growing wealth disparity and community devastation caused by climate change and industrial pollution, we must reduce emissions at their source. Allowing for neoliberal constructs such as Net Zero emissions, which equate carbon emission offsets and technology investments with real emissions reductions at source, would only exacerbate existing pollution burdens on frontline communities. Such loopholes for carbon markets and unproven techno-fixes only serve to line the coffers of the polluting corporations, while increasing (not reducing) harm to our communities. Our communities can no longer be used as sacrifice zones.”

Angela Adrar

Executive Director, Climate Justice Alliance

After the Green New Deal proposal was initially put forth by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Nov. 2018, on the heels of the midterm election where Democrats won the majority in the House, and building off of energy from the occupation of Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s office by the youth of the Sunrise Movement, CJA released the statement A Green New Deal Must Be Rooted in a Just Transition for Workers and Communities Most Impacted by Climate Change.

In February 2019, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey introduced the Green New Deal Resolution in together with 67 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives, and with 11 co-sponsors in the U.S. Senate.

CJA co-chair Elizabeth Yeampierre testified in Feb. 2019 in front of the House Committee on Natural Resources. The hearing was titled “Climate Change: The Impacts and the Need to Act.

CJA Statement Read at the New Consensus Policy Meeting

Miya Yoshitani, the Executive Director of Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN, a founding member of the Climate Justice Alliance) along with John Washington, Organizing Co-Director for Push Buffalo read a statement and demanded changes to the agenda in order to centered frontlines in a peoples plan for the Green New Deal, at a meeting organized by the The New Consensus. Click here to read the blog post and the full CJA statement.

CJA Frontline Delegation

In January 2019, a Climate Justice Alliance frontline delegation converged on Washington, DC, to share our vision for a Just Transition and the Green New Deal with members of Congress.

Green New Deal in the News

Justice for all?
The Green New Deal may be falling short on its environmental justice promise
Grist, by Justine Calma on Feb 11, 2019

Green New Deal: Ocasio-Cortez unveils bold plan to fight climate change
Blueprint for a carbon-neutral economy has been embraced by prominent Democrats and evokes FDR’s famous legacy
The Guardian, February 7, by Emily Holden and Lauren Gambino on Feb. 7, 2019

The Green New Deal is here, and everyone has something to say about it
Grist, by Justine Calma on Feb 7, 2019

Something Old, Something New
The Green New Deal is touching up its (grass)roots
Grist, by Justine Calma on Jan 9, 2019

Building a Just Transition

Green New Deal Resolution

Read the Resolution that was introduced in February 2019 by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Markey.


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