This week we have a panel discussion detailing the proposed Green New Deal that activists have been mobilizing for recently. We spoke with The Democracy Collaborative’s own Johanna Bozuwa, the Sierra Club’s Anthony Torres, and Sunrise Movement Co-Founder Evan Weber to explore the economic and social ramifications of a Green New Deal and the obstacles standing in its way. The Green New Deal and the shift to a new economy
Adam Simpson: Welcome to The Next System Podcast. My name is Adam Simpson. I’ll be moderating today’s conversation, which I’m really excited about. It’s about the Green New Deal, which has been discussed in the public eye right now.
We have three great guests to talk about it today. Coming up first is Johanna Bozuwa—a colleague of mine here at the Democracy Collaborative—a research associate who works on energy democracy as well as green jobs.
We also have Anthony Torres, a campaign strategist at the Sierra Club’s Living Economy Program. Anthony is originally from Long Island, New York and has been featured as one of Grist.org’s Top 50 fixers and a Brower Youth Award winner.
Finally, we have Evan Weber, political director and co-founder of the Sunrise Movement from Kailua, Hawaii. He has also been featured as one of Grist.org’s Top 50 Fixers.
Evan, if you don’t mind, I’ll start with you, as co-founder of the Sunrise Movement. The Sunrise Movement has been getting a lot of attention right now with organizing on the Hill, getting people energized about climate change and confronting politicians trying to get them to move toward climate action, in particular, supporting this legislation called The Green New Deal. What exactly is The Green New Deal, and what problem is it trying to solve here?
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