We’ve recently seen the biggest breakthrough in US climate politics in a long time—and with California on fire and the release of the alarming IPCC report on 1.5°C warming, which says we have just 12 years to massively transform the global economy, it couldn’t have come sooner.
In their first week after being elected to Congress, DSA members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib have introduced a Green New Deal plan that actually matches the scale of the climate crisis—and they’re standing with Sunrise Movement organizers who are directly challenging the fossil-fueled Democratic Party establishment that stands in the way.
The Steering Committee of DSA’s Ecosocialist Working Group has voted to endorse the Sunrise campaign because we believe their strategy is an excellent way to advance the enormous scale of climate action we urgently need to make a socialist future possible. We encourage local chapters to participate however you see fit.
Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal for a Select Committee on a Green New Deal would lay the groundwork to decarbonize the entire United States economy over the next decade with many elements of an ecosocialist vision for a just transition, like:
100% renewable energy
a federal job guarantee
leadership by labor unions
decarbonizing agriculture, manufacturing, and major industries
more public & cooperative ownership
equity for low-income, indigenous, people of color, and front-line communities most affected by climate change, especially addressing historical inequities
a global Green New Deal to help other countries transition to carbon neutral economies
All this would be common sense in a society that put people and planet over profits—but we’re governed by capitalists, not the people.
As socialists, we know that we won’t achieve the “game-changing promise of a Green New Deal” just by appealing to elected officials. It’s crucial for us to remember lessons from the original New Deal: as our comrade Matt Huber writes, the New Deal was built on an antagonistic politics of wealth redistribution from the rich, and was made possible through mass working class protest and revolt.
That kind of militant working class power is only just beginning to resurface in the United States—and it’s on us to keep building networks strong enough to support the mass movements that must rise in the years to come.
The DSA Ecosocialist Working Group Steering Committee
Sent to Working Group 11/27/2018