What to Know About the Green New Deal and How to Get Involved
Four weeks ago, when Sunrise Movement sat in Nancy Pelosi’s office, a Green New Deal was a niche idea. Now, it is the talk of the nation. Tens of thousands have taken action across the country since November 13, visiting congressional offices, holding rallies, submitting Letters to the Editor, and calling and tweeting at representatives. Every major news outlet is writing about the plan. Thirty-seven representatives have already endorsed the select committee on a Green New Deal, with dozens more voicing support for its aims (but not explicitly backing the House select committee, including Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT).
What we’re talking about is survival. What we’re talking about is a fight for our existence. A Green New Deal is not only sound climate policy, it’s a socioeconomic project to rival some of the greatest initiatives in the history of this country and the world. But let’s be clear — it’ll only happen if millions upon millions of young people are in the streets and at the ballot box calling for it.
Making the Green New Deal happen is going to take all of us doing whatever we can. If you want to help make this happen, go to Sunrise Movement’s site to learn how to get involved. You could visit a congressional office and ask staff if the representative will back the Green New Deal, join an online call with hundreds of other young people to hear from others organizing and learn what’s coming next for the movement, or start a Sunrise hub with your friends or classmates to bring the movement to your school or community.