Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said the power of the people and actions are following their requests: “We are all here today because of the movement... because at the end of the day, dollars don’t vote, people do”
To guarantee a habitable future on Earth, the group asked the people to guarantee that the Biden administration acts on the deal.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said, “This is a movement built out of the urgency people feel to protect our planet”
In Washington D.C., Indigenous, racial justice, and climate activists staged a protest outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters Thursday calling on President-elect Biden to take immediate action on the climate crisis and approve the Green New Deal.
The left-wing club aired the event online with the hashtag #Biden Be Brave.
Climate activist John Henry Williams of the Sunrise Movement said: “Two years ago, we stood here as the Sunrise Movement, and we asked Nancy Pelosi to form a Green New Deal committee. Today, we are asking President-elect Joe Biden to form a Select Office on Climate Mobilization. Treat this crisis with the urgency it deserves.
Treat it with the urgency of a mother in Lake Charles who’s homeless for the second time this year. With the urgency of the California farmworkers, working under soot blood-red filled skies. And treat it with the urgency of the middle schoolers who made millions of calls to get you elected. If you do that we will never forget you, and if you fail us we will never forgive you.”
The Biden camp has previously said that he “will work with Congress to implement a bold agenda that addresses the climate emergency, achieves environmental justice and creates good-paying jobs.″/p>
The Green New Deal is an economic stimulus notion intended to combat income inequality and climate change. It’s created after President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal package of public works plans and projects created to help the economy during the Great Depression.
A draft text of the program concerning Congress includes a framework pointed at abolishing greenhouse gas emission from manufacturing and agriculture and “dramatically” increasing energy sources to meet 100 percent of power demand through renewable sources.
The program illustrates this attempt as a “historic opportunity to virtually eliminate poverty in the United States and to make prosperity, wealth and economic security available to everyone participating in the transformation.”
The proposal also calls for a job-guarantee program offering a “living wage job to every person who wants one,” a plan to help workers influenced by climate change, universal health care, and basic income programs, among other things.