The deadly consequences of climate change are all around us and happening faster than predicted. Luckily, we already have everything we need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and sequester enough carbon from the atmosphere to reverse global-warming. The only thing in our way is the powerful influence that the wealthy few have on our political system to keep things the same, and time is running out.
Iowa CCI has been building the movement to change that has joined over 250 organizations – including labor unions, student movements, Indigenous communities, and environmental & progressive organizations – to launch the THRIVE agenda, a push in Congress to begin the decade of the Green New Deal now.
THRIVE (Transform, Heal, and Renew by Investing in a Vibrant Economy) is a congressional resolution for a just recovery package that would mobilize the nation against climate change, racial injustice, and the economic crises. It would create 16 million new jobs rebuilding our broken infrastructure, expanding clean renewable energy, investing in land restoration and regenerative agriculture, manufacturing clean technologies, and supporting the care economy as well as vital public services.
These jobs would be union-eligible positions with respective wages and benefits and ensure everyone who wants a job can get one. They would prioritize investments directly into Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities. As well as those hardest hit by economic transition and environmental injustice.
Out of the Great Depression came an unprecedented economic boom through New Deal policies and massive infrastructure projects, lifting millions of families out of poverty and creating the largest middle-class in American history. We can do this again, right now, and ensure that everyone is included as we build a just society that finally puts People and the Planet first.
For more information about the THRIVE agenda, check out this website!
Check out this incredible video of farmers, Indigenous leaders, students, and union leaders visioning what Iowa could look like in the year 2030 if a Green New Deal is passed.
Ways To Take Action
Upcoming meetings, actions and other ways to take action will be posted here so stay tuned!
Interested in getting involved in our Climate Justice work? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.