ENVIRONMENTAL & CLIMATE JUSTICE
The climate crisis is a serious threat to the survival of humanity and life on Earth. To prevent catastrophe, we need a WWII-scale mobilization to transition to a sustainable economy with 100% clean renewable energy, public transit, sustainable agriculture, and conservation by 2030.
That’s why we are calling for a Green New Deal to create 20 million jobs by investing in renewables such as wind, solar, tidal and geothermal, as well as public transit, sustainable agriculture, conservation and energy efficiency. Already tens of millions of people have been turned into climate refugees, and hundreds of thousands die annually from air pollution, heat waves, drought-based food shortages, epidemics, storms and other lethal impacts of climate change and fossil fuels. Scientists report that sea levels are rising much faster than predicted, and could overwhelm coastal areas within decades. And as global climate change worsens, wars fought over access to food, water and land could become commonplace.
We are very proud that the Green Party does not accept any money from the fossil fuel industry EVER. We are 100% committed to the cause of environmental and climate justice.
GREEN NEW DEAL
The Green New Deal will create 20 million jobs by transitioning to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030 and investing in public transit, sustainable agriculture, and conservation.
It will revive the economy, turn the tide on climate change, and make wars for oil obsolete.
This in turn enables a 50% cut in the military budget, since maintaining bases all over the world to safeguard fossil fuel supplies and routes of transportation could no longer be justified. That military savings of several hundred billion dollars per year would go a very long way to create green jobs at home.
On top of that, the Green New Deal largely pays for itself in health care savings from the prevention of fossil fuel-related diseases, including asthma, heart attacks, strokes and cancer. We also need a just transition to provide resources to the low-income communities and communities of color most impacted by climate change. The Green New Deal will provide assistance to workers and local communities that now have workers employed in the fossil fuel industry, and to the developing world as it responds to climate change damage caused by the industrial world.
We know the science, and we have the technology. All we need is a movement with the political will to do what it takes to save our planet.
100% CLEAN ENERGY
We will treat clean energy as a human right and a common good.
We will transition to 100% clean energy by 2030. We can speed up the transition with already existing technology.
We will create incentive programs and invest in Solar, Wind, Tidal, Biofuel, Hydroelectric and Geothermal energy solutions.
We will fight for equity by making polluters pay for the damage they’ve caused.
We will end our energy reliance on fossil fuels.
COMMUNITY CHOICE ENERGY
We will follow the lead of city of San Diego, which passed the nation’s most ambitious climate action plan in 2015, with an innovative approach called, “Community Choice Energy.” Rather than relying on national grid infrastructure, which is vulnerable to climate change and terrorist attacks, we will introduce legislation that will allow cities to purchase energy on behalf of their citizens. Currently, citizens don’t have a choice as to how much of their electricity comes from clean or dirty fuel. Community Choice Energy is the free-market model for cities to choose how and where we get the energy we need. The model works by sourcing energy from renewable energy plants and local sources, delivering electricity through existing energy companies, and benefiting you with affordable rates, local control, and cleaner energy. When cities create energy rates, they’re not allowed to generate profits. They are there to serve the people.
CARBON FEE & DIVIDEND POLICY
WE will pass legislation targeting carbon emissions and the polluters responsible for them. We will partner together with the Climate Solutions caucus.
WE will advocate for a national, revenue-neutral carbon fee-and-dividend system, which would place a predictable, steadily rising price on carbon. All fees collected would be returned to households as a monthly energy dividend. This policy could reduce carbon emissions to 50% of 1990 levels, while creating nearly 3 million jobs in green energy and transportation. For details, see https://citizensclimatelobby.org/carbon-fee-and-dividend/
WE will work to mandate the most efficient structure designs, L.E.D. lighting, recycled water, recycled materials, waste reduction, elimination of carcinogens & toxins, and enhancement of indoor environmental quality for all new and retrofitted buildings and developments.
WE will work to increase transit by walking, biking, and zero-emissions vehicles. Too many of our cities commute by fossil fuel-powered cars, causing unnecessary traffic congestion, carbon pollution, smog, and deaths by asthma and other lung-related diseases.
WE will introduce legislation to create a “Free Public Transportation Day,” as well as work for the expansion of timely, dedicated bus lines, streetcars, and railways. We will incentivize the use of public transportation with greater affordability of bus and metro passes.
PUBLIC LANDS FOR PUBLIC GOOD
WE will introduce legislation to fund the world’s most ambitious reforestation program. In order to cool our cities down from the urban heat island effect, we will open up funding sources for cities, non-governmental organizations, and individuals to plant more trees. Trees improve our quality of life, and are a vital part of combating air pollution and climate change.
WE will advocate for more green open spaces and green recreational areas in our cities.
WE will support grassroots efforts to install public fitness equipment in our parks.
WE will work to encourage the reduction of waste and avoid expanding landfills. We recognize that as trash decomposes, it releases methane and other greenhouse gases.
WE will invest in community composting programs and support the role of community gardeners and urban farmers in gathering compost.
WE will invest in community gardens, urban farms, and developments that employ the use of innovative, drought-tolerant methods of farming, such as vertical farms, aquaponic farms, and rooftop greenhouses.
WE will invest in national “Farm-to-Table” and “Farm-to-School” programs to boost nutrition, improve public health, and fight climate change.
EDUCATION & SUSTAINABILITY
WE will partner with our universities and community colleges to provide federal grants for sustainability and climate adaptation education. We will transition to a green economy to ensure the success of the next seven generations and beyond.
PROTECTING OUR WATER
Water is a human right, not a commodity for private corporations to profit from. We will work to limit the privatization of water.
WE will expand water conservation efforts in drought-stricken states and invest in water conservation infrastructure and programs.
WE will invest in environmentally-friendly water infrastructure.
WE will work to eliminate environmental racism at the national level.
WE stand with Standing Rock and all indigenous nations around the world who are currently fighting to defend their sacred lands, water supplies, and very existence. Unlike the Democratic and Republican Party, the Green Party stands against the North Dakota Access Pipeline.
WE will work to prevent disasters from threatening our water supplies, such as the case of Flint, Michigan. We will act quickly to bring justice for Flint.
WE will bring justice to our communities of color devastated by polluting facilities and their owners. The suffering faced by communities that live in close proximity to environmentally hazardous sites such as factories or extraction sites must be recognized. We recognize the efforts of Boyle Heights community activists who call for federal and independently-verified investigations of Exide Technologies.
STRENGTHEN EXISTING CLIMATE LEGISLATION
We will fight to strengthen and expand already existing legislation on the national, state, and municipal levels. As Californians, we lead the nation with some of the strongest environmental laws.
We will continue building on successful legislation, such as AB 32; which reduces carbon emissions down to 1990 levels by 2020. Recent legislation, such as SB 32 and AB 197, will work to reduce emissions down towards a goal of forty percent less than pre-1990 levels by 2030.
We will invest in disadvantaged and low-income communities, building momentum for legislation such as SB535 and AB1550. For more information, please explore http://www.climatechange.ca.gov/state/legislation.html
FOSSIL FUELS OUT OF GOVERNMENT
As part of getting money out of politics, we would also like to ban all fossil fuel lobbyists from influencing politicians and legislation. We will never receive money from the fossil fuel industry. In addition, we will work to end giving corporate subsidies as these billion dollar companies make profit and destroy our environment with the help of taxpayer money.