Red-Black and Green New Deal: The Climate Agenda of “Black Life” | Black Life Issues News
A year after the murder of George Floyd, Al Jazeera studied the emerging issues of race and climate justice in the form of the “Red, Black and Green New Deal.”
Similarly, what is the black material of life (BLM)?
BLM is a decentralized political and social movement that began in 2013 to protest racially motivated violence and police brutality against blacks.
After Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020, more militant groups joined the movement.
How did the red black and green New Deal (RBGND) come into being?
Within the framework of the “black life issue”, the RBGND movement asserted that racial justice is climate justice. At the virtual National Black Climate Summit held on May 11, activists proposed a national climate agenda as part of a larger “Black Life Movement” that includes the BLM network.
The agreement aims to address the fact that minority communities in the United States are particularly affected by climate change and environmental racism, which affects everything from available housing to access to clean air and water.
Why are these colors important?
Historically, red, black and green represent the tones of the Pan-African flag designed by the black nationalist Marcus Garvey in 1920. It is said that these three colors represent the unity of blacks and the rich natural wealth of Africa.
Does this idea stem from the Green New Deal?
Yes, the name is very popular Green New Deal, The bill requires legislation to address climate change, job creation and economic inequality. The federal proposal was proposed by Alexander Ocasio Cortez, but it failed to make progress in the Senate.
The Green New Deal also borrowed from the original New Deal, a series of pioneering plans created by US President Franklin D Roosevelt in the 1930s. These plans initiated public works projects and supervised the financial sector. The results include the Civilian Protection Corps and the Social Security Administration.
Got it. Back to RBGND. How will the proposal work?
The proposal lists the six pillars that the author believes will create a sustainable future: democracy, economy, labor, land, energy, and water. The impetus is to solve the climate crisis by investing in black communities while repairing past harms.
What does it advocate?
According to the authors of RBGND, climate change is a by-product of “an economic system based on extraction, exploitation, accumulation and white supremacy through deprivation.”
They said that if recovery measures are not taken as soon as possible, extreme weather events will “continue to worsen” blacks. They also argued that the demand for police refunds is inextricably linked to climate justice.
Can the plan help end systemic racism?
A report (PDF) Regarding the fossil fuel racism released by Greenpeace in the United States in April, the Gulf Coast Law and Policy Center and the “Dark Life Movement” explained how the phasing out of oil, natural gas and coal will protect vulnerable groups and deal with threats to public health. Serious threats, such as harmful air pollution.
Advocates say this can be achieved by immediately dismantling fossil fuel infrastructure, that is, stopping new projects and shutting down existing production.
Is this linked to President Biden’s infrastructure bill?
Biden is still working with Congress to promote his U.S. Employment Program, This is a 1.7 trillion U.S. dollar job, which includes a number of projects aimed at eliminating historical injustices and Promote fairness in transportation projects, E.g.
The US government stated that the country is currently facing four major crises: the coronavirus pandemic, economic recession, racial inequality and climate change.
What can RBGND do?
The plan is a way to influence decision-making at all levels of government, including cities and states across the country that are increasingly looking at the climate from a fair perspective.
In addition, many companies are turning to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards when making decisions about how to allocate resources.