Until the 1950s, companies in the U.S. used reusable material for packing items Later, things changed companies began to use disposable material that was used but one time and piles and piles of trash showed up all over cities. In 1971, a conglomerate of corporations, the same ones that were producing disposable consumer goods, launched a widely publicized TV commercial that was widely distributed in the U.S. With the goal of teaching people to not throw trash away in the street Nothing against teaching people to not throw their trash away on the side of the road, I think that’s a good idea. The problem is that at this time cleaning up trash stopped being the responsibility of corporations and became the responsibility of the consumer. And, to a certain extent, this has influenced our lives until today. as many people are concerned with recycling their trash. We feel responsible because we know that we’re polluting the planet We’ve become more conscious about our own trash But, did this work? I don’t think so…. This has happened because the whole issue of trash goes way beyond an individual taking care of his or her garbage The issue stems from the system of production and consumption that were part of And, that is putting the viability of life on our planet at risk. The Pliocene Epoch began around 5 million years ago and ended around 2 million years ago In 2018, the U.N. published a report stating that if we do not change our relationship with the planet in the next 12 years there will be natural disasters on a scale that goes beyond comprehension Today, poor folks are the most impacted Just look at who are the flood victims? [common natural disaster in Brazil that disproportionately ruins the lives of low-income families] To slow down global warming, to do our part throwing away trash and cleaning up is important But, it is not sufficient Something greater is needed something that can bridge the gap between environmental concerns and social justice. I believe that the Green New Deal can this “something greater” What is the Green New Deal? The Green New Deal has been around for some time But, it was officially launched this year (2019) by Congresswomen, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and by Senator Ed Markey, both of the Democratic Party The proposal places the U.S. center-stage in assuming a leadership role to reduce global polution Because historically, the U.S. is one of the main culprits that have contributed to the “greenhouse effect.” And, at the same time, has the technology today for rapid action The Green New Deal demands immediate action and the mobilization of millions of people who live in the U.S. so that we can radically alter the political, social, financial, and cultural landscape of the country Which we need If we continue down the same path, we won’t have the world we know for us to grow old Even less for future generations The proposal has 14 pages It’s worth a read, link below in the description Now, I’m going to present a general overview of the GND, as well as some historical context. The plan is to reach zero percent [carbon] emissions over the next ten years, which are the main cause of the greenhouse effect How will this be achieved? Through an immediate transition in how we produce energy the substitution of oil for renewable forms of energy Such as wind and solar. But, given that we’re in a rush Batteries, with today’s technology would be used to accelerate the reduction of pollution To achieve this transition, the country will have to address domestic infrastructure, assemble work teams, and build new renewable power plants As a consequence, lots and lots of new jobs would be created An important point, included in the proposal of creating new jobs is social justice The workers would have health care maternity and paternity leave, social security, daycare…. All of the rights workers should be given Beyond the guarantee of basic rights for workers the proposal also addresses the communities that are most vulnerable to climate change For example, in cities, part of the proposal includes the building of ecological and sustainable affordable housing for low-income residents which would generate more jobs, right? In order to achieve this, the plan would calls educators from diverse areas To help workers in the traditional energy industry transition to clean energy More jobs ; ) The Green New Deal aims to address the most basic of rights that is still a real issue in the U.S. things like clean drinking water The principle idea of the GND, is to rethink our relationship with the planet and with ourselves. In the same way that large corporations deliberately and irresponsibly use the resources available on the planet destroying life They also use the manpower that is available One can not think of a change in relation to the planet, without changing ourselves as humanity One of the things I like best about this vision of change is that corporations are seen as responsible for the situation that the planet is in and not the overall population which is true, right? Let me tell you a story about Exxon The American oil company Exxon funded research with the intent of looking at why Co2 seemed to be rising in the oceans and, in doing so, collected data that illustrated global warming The oil company and politicians knew what was happening, and what did they do? they hid the evidence you really can’t trust these corporations So, you might think: the GND is lacking substance It is only 14 pages How could it resolve all this? And, why does the media speak about the Green New Deal so much? Now, a little history The GND is raw just like the New Deal was at the beginning The seeds of the New Deal can be found in FDR’s first campaign for the presidency (1932) it was presented as a response to the economic depression of the 1930s and how was it done? After he was elected, Roosevelt and the Congress passed a number of reforms that would come to be known as the “New Deal” These reforms created many of the institutions we associate with the modern state During this time, many countries were in the process of building modern states In Brazil, this would occur under Getúlio Vargas In Mexico, with Lázaro Cárdenas In Argentina, with Juan Perón Roosevelt was very similar to Latin American populists who also increased “workers’ rights” Social Security and labor-relations laws were created in this time period and they were fundamental in rebuilding the country during the Depression These programs also created more jobs strengthened and regulated labor unions, expanded public and technical education, and started to regulate Wall Street History teaches us many things, and one of them is: cutting social security benefits will not solve a financial crisis One of the main problems with the New Deal is that it was not attentive to social injustices and ignored numerous historical problems The New Deal contributed to growing a middle-class, but not all were part of it Additionally, even though the New Deal started to regulate Wall Street, it did not sufficiently fight against a ‘politics of excess’ typical of capitalism The Green New Dea is a bold and courageous plan Stirs up memories of the New Deal all the while meeting current demands and presenting solutions for the crisis we live today a crisis that is largely hidden by corporate media. [All over the world] governments are ignoring reports showing increasing natural disasters that prove that our planet is in crisis The survival of future generations is under threat Neoliberal economists and politicians saying that everything is okay even though we find ourselves at exorbitant levels of social inequality today Beyond this, the notion that there is a large ‘middle class’ and that most people belong to it is an illusion When we look at the distribution of wealth globally, we see that the vast majority of people are poor And to accentuate, there are great injustices aimed at groups that are oppressed because of gender, race, ethnicity, and nationality (in this case immigrants) The Green New Deal proposes that that injustice against the environment and human beings not be hidden instead, that they are resolved and in doing so giving us hope The Green New Deal is a resolution that is apparently limited to the United States But not really, it would affect the whole world First and foremost, because it would drastically reduce the pollution on our planet But, we can dream more There’s an interesting part of this history One of the ways the government raised money to pay for the New Deal Roosevelt (and Congress) ended the prohibition of alcohol much of this the money raised through taxes went to help pay for the New Deal Who knows, maybe the Green New Deal will help to spur an end to the War on Drugs Legalizing cannabis in the whole country would be an example for other countries and, it would certainly be a start in the right direction And let’s dare to dream more Just imagine, cities with access to nature, public transportation, affordable housing, for everyone and a planet without war on account of oil and us and future generations alive to see it.