Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Support Green New Deal

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Support Green New Deal

I am a 23 year-old Virginia resident. Our elected leaders have been talking about acting on climate change for my entire life, and yet, this is the first time that I have glimpsed real hope for federal climate action. In the past two weeks, thousands of youth from across the country have mobilized around a Green New Deal, a policy proposal that would transform our economy and society at the scale needed to stop the climate crisis, while creating millions of green jobs, transitioning off of fossil fuels, and protecting working people of all backgrounds. Join me in calling on our Representative Don Beyer (D-VA) to support Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) resolution to create a House Select Committee for a Green New Deal in Congress.

The U.N. tells us we have just 12 years to move our country off fossil fuels. The scope of the climate crisis and the actions necessary to confront it are at once incomprehensible and utterly terrifying — and yet, they are also the best chance we’ll ever have to build the world we want. The Green New Deal shows us how.

Marie Therese Kane