The California Green New Deal was introduced last week and has been the topic of conversation mainly amongst policymakers and climate activists. While the discussion of this resolution may not be very widespread, it will have lasting impacts on all Californians. California is widely regarded as a State on the front lines of climate change.  And as California’s capital, Sacramento is perfectly positioned as a hub of climate activism and the new resolution has sparked excitement within many local organizations.    

Sacramento Sunrise Hub Coordinator Logan Drehrer explained, “I’m so excited to see a Green New Deal bill introduced in California, especially one with such strong protections for California’s most vulnerable communities. Our state is already in a climate emergency– we saw that this fall with another round of destructive fires and sweeping power shut-offs. And it’s been an emergency for a long time for folks who live in frontline neighborhoods where fossil fuel extraction threatens their health and safety. We need a Green New Deal that transitions us off the dirty fuels destroying our planet and creates millions of good jobs for Californians”. Local activist and Fridays For Future coordinator, Supriya Patel added “The California Green New Deal is a vital piece of legislation because it acknowledges the intersectionality of the climate crisis. If acknowledges that the climate crisis will touch every part of our economy and every part of our lives. It also acknowledges that though the climate crisis impacts all of us, it doesn’t do so equally. Low-income communities of color will be hit first and worst, despite having little to do with causing the climate crisis. If we are going to ensure a future for my generation, we need ambitious policy like this resolution”.

As of now, the policy is still growing and will continue to develop and change as it passes through discussions and is the subject of debate.  Dreher continued “The specifics on this bill are going to change a lot in the next month as it goes through amendments and the committee process. At Sunrise Sacramento, we’re most excited to rally behind a bill that meets the scale and urgency of the climate crisis and commits to going fossil fuel-free by 2030. We know that’s what the science demands if we’re going to keep global temperature rise under 1.5 degrees Celsius, and we’re hopeful that language will get included in the bill”.   The set of policies that will make up the Green New Deal have not necessarily been specified or clarified but it is safe to say that many activists from all around the state are cautiously optimistic.  

The California Green New Deal is only the beginning.  The Sacramento social activism scene has had an exciting start to 2020 and with a series of actions on Earth Day rapidly approaching, a series of concrete legislative goals just on the horizon.