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A green new deal

I want to share a piece from Bill McKibben about a “green” new deal.

McKibben’s article “A world at war,” published August 15 in New Republic, offers a tactic that could tackle a lack of well-paying jobs and environmental devastation. During this particular time when as a nation we are discerning the next president, members of Congress and the Senate, McKibben’s piece is a reminder to dream big:

In the North this summer, a devastating offensive is underway. Enemy forces have seized huge swaths of territory; with each passing week, another 22,000 square miles of Arctic ice disappears. Experts dispatched to the battlefield in July saw little cause for hope, especially since this siege is one of the oldest fronts in the war. “In 30 years, the area has shrunk approximately by half,” said a scientist who examined the onslaught. “There doesn’t seem anything able to stop this.”

blue-icebergs

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In the Pacific this spring, the enemy staged a daring breakout across thousands of miles of ocean, waging a full-scale assault on the region’s coral reefs. In a matter of months, long stretches of formations like the Great Barrier Reef—dating back past the start of human civilization and visible from space—were reduced to white bone-yards …

Read more of McKibben’s article at https://newrepublic.com/article/135684/declare-war-climate-change-mobilize-wwii?utm=350org

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