In my work as a residential construction Owner’s Representative and Project Manager I get to interact with some very interesting clients. Just recently I had a thrilling discussion with one of my owners over the Green New Deal currently being proposed by the democrats.
I am certain that the ramifications of climate change are far greater than is being acknowledged in the media or known by the bulk of the public. There are insidious collateral damages that have a chain reaction effect threatening the balance of nature. Our planet is a living entity that has evolved over 3.5 billion years to become the cradle for the abundant life that we know and enjoy daily. Just two samples, the death of coral reefs which are the nursery for much of ocean life, or as we are just hearing now, the drastic decline in insect population world wide, will have impacts on the overall balance of nature that we cannot accurately predict.
The Green New Deal is a broad ranging manifesto of goals we must strive to attain in our political and economic system that will give us some hope of creating a world order that will help move us towards a sustainable future for the human race and our blue planet that sustains us. Bernie Sanders in his February 9th newsletter has stated the need for supporting the Green New Deal better than I can, so I will copy his entire letter here.
Climate change is real, it is caused by human activity and it is already causing devastating harm to the United States and countries around the world.
Yet, incredibly, we have a president who not only believes that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese government, but is pursuing policies which makes a frightening situation even worse. Further, we have a major political party, the Republican Party, that marches in lockstep behind the ignorance of the president.
The debate is over. The scientific community has spoken in a virtually unanimous voice in telling us that if we do not act boldly in transforming our energy system away from fossil fuel and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy, the planet we leave to our children and grandchildren will become increasingly unhealthy and uninhabitable.
Let’s be clear. Failure to act decisively will mean more drought, more famine, more rising sea levels, more floods, more ocean acidification, more extreme weather disturbances, more disease and more human suffering. We cannot allow that to happen.
The good news is that we now have the knowledge and technology to address climate change, and it starts with taking on the extraordinary power of the fossil fuel industry and creating an international energy system that is clean, efficient and sustainable.
We must reach zero percent in greenhouse gas emissions. We must eliminate carbon emissions in all major parts of the economy. We must invest in weatherizing homes and buildings, and make investments in climate-friendly infrastructure. We must make certain that those communities economically impacted by the transformation of our energy system are fully protected.
We must ensure that communities of color do not bear the brunt of the effects of climate change.
And when we do that, we can create millions of good paying jobs in every part of our country. In other words, transforming our energy system not only helps save the planet, it strengthens our economy.
The U.S. is the most powerful economy on earth and we must lead the world in the fight against climate change. We can do that by passing the Green New Deal to save the planet and create millions of new jobs.
When it comes to taking on the imminent threat of climate change, we cannot think small. We must enact bold solutions to save our planet from its disastrous effects. The fossil fuel industry is one of the most powerful political forces in the country. They spend hundreds of millions of dollars on campaigns and lobbying every election cycle to protect their interests, while they continue to lie and deny the realities of climate change. They make billions in profits by continuing to pump, refine and burn oil, while future generations will be forced to deal with the catastrophic consequences of climate change. That’s why it’s critical that we pass the Green New Deal to not only help shift our country toward energy efficiency and sustainable energy but also create millions of jobs. The only way this legislation will be successful is if the American people stand up to the fossil fuel industry and make their voices heard on this issue. So I’m asking you today: Add your name in support of the Green New Deal if you believe it’s past time to save our planet from the imminent threat of climate change.
When we talk about our responsibilities as human beings and as parents, there is nothing more important than leaving this country and the entire planet in a way that is habitable for our kids and grandchildren. We have an opportunity for the U.S. to be a leader in the global fight against climate change. Thank you for being a part of this fight.