The Green New Deal
Green research and technology is going to save our planet. We need to act on it. That’s the goal of the Green New Deal. Our lives are being saved by the development and adoption of new sustainable energy. It is not a political, or environmental, agenda. It’s a pragmatic plan to combat climate change. It’s about saving the planet. A few months ago, the United Nations Climate Change Conference was held in Spain. It was there to discuss the Sustainable Energy Goals, which were adopted by all countries in 2015. This ambitious plan outlines the world’s role in the fight against climate change and its future. The key part of the plan is a shift from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy. The planet’s largest carbon dioxide source is still burning fossil fuels. This is unacceptable. We are all familiar with the deadly air pollution that is produced by fossil fuels. Our lungs are affected by these toxic substances. Our health is threatened by them. Our bodies are sensitive to the harmful effects of toxins. But the facts are clear. It’s not just fossil fuels that are causing the climate crisis. In 2018, the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emissions came from transport, power generation and heat.
The idea of making the transition to 100% clean, renewable energy by the end of the century has a number of advantages. These advantages include: 1. It’s better for the environment. It’s better for the economy. It’s better for our health, for our families. It’s better for the world. 2. It’s faster. The biggest obstacle to change lies in the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030. That’s the path of least resistance. 3. It’s smarter. Since the Paris Climate accord was signed in 2015, the world has made significant progress. The world has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 45% since then. 4. It’s better for our health and safety. For example, the use of toxic chemicals in water has been cut by a third in just the last eight years. 5. It’s fairer. Green energy is being used in the most efficient way possible. 6. It’s less expensive. It’s less expensive to generate renewable energy from the trees and grasses that help us grow our crops. And it’s more affordable. 7. It’s cleaner. The biggest carbon emissions are from aviation, heating and cooling, and light-based energy. But the problem is we’re still burning fossil fuels for energy. That’s unacceptable.
The Green New Deal, as it stands, is just a blueprint. It doesn’t address many of the specific challenges facing our world, but provides a direction us humans can take if we so choose. The core message is that we need to confront climate change head-on. But it is also not about an individual, or small company, or a market. It’s about standing up for the rights of people to make choices in the fight against the climate crisis. It’s about standing up for the environment and for the rights of future generations. It’s time for the world to move on the right path. We can’t afford to wait. The world’s largest carbon emissions are still burning fossil fuels. The global emissions reduction target for the Paris Climate agreement needs to be met. But the solutions are simple. We can’t afford to wait. Our future is at stake.