Earlier this year, the youth-led Sunrise Movement launched the Good Jobs for All Campaign, which calls for the federal climate response to include a jobs guarantee. It’s a message the Biden administration seems to take seriously — the president’s infrastructure plan dedicates millions of dollars to train workers in fields like clean energy, mass transit, and building electrification.
Transitioning away from fossil fuels requires a massive workforce and consideration of those whose jobs will be lost to that change. But to build a more just world, climate activists say it’s crucial to ensure those workers have decent pay and benefits — and people from frontline communities, including those now working in the oil and gas industry, should be the first in the hiring line. Those demands are key components of the Green New Deal, a federal policy agenda introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey in 2019. But the legislation remains politically divisive and needs broad support — particularly from the workers it aims to uplift.
Ryan Pollock and Payton Wilkins believe the time is ripe for green groups an... Read more