Entering the Political Sphere
Passing successful Green New Deal (GND) policies requires votes, and getting policy practitioners and elected officials on board is one of the biggest barriers for GND efforts. How can grassroots GND efforts with limited resources gain political sway in a system that favors powerful and wealthy interests? Entering the political sphere can be a difficult undertaking due to the money and expertise required, the legal restrictions, and the networks involved in running a successful campaign. Corporate polluters and interests rely on heavy interference in policymaking to subvert the people’s demands for climate action; building pressure in favor of GND policies will be crucial in turning the tide toward meaningful policy reform. The following resources cover different strategies that efforts have begun to use to enter the political realm and some rules to keep in mind when doing so, including distinguishing between 501c3 and 501c4 rules, educational GND training for local politicians and their staff, or even running GND candidates.
Climate Action Plans (CAPs) are foundational documents from cities and states that provide a framework for measuring, planning, and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and related climatic impacts. These can often be a great first step toward more meaningful and transformational action and policy when they center equity. We have gathered some of the most comprehensive and intersectional CAPs that excel in their equity measurements, climate policies, and/or emissions goals.
New York Renews
The New Economy Coalition's Pathways to a People's Economy toolkit includes a case study of NY Renews, an coalition of nearly 200 groups that passed progressive environmental legislation called the Climate and Community Protection Act in New York. NY Renews exemplifies the power that working in coalition can have and the case study gets into some of the details of how they successfully found alignment and got people on board.
LA City Council Shipping Resolution
The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously voted to adopt a resolution calling on Los Angeles’ top maritime importers to commit to making all port calls to the San Pedro Port Complex on 100% zero-emissions ships by 2030. This city climate plan is a model other ports could follow.
SLC Community Renewable Energy Agency
Utah achieved milestones to transition its electricity mix to cleaner sources and move some cities toward net-100% renewable energy. This article goes over their plan which could be a model for other cities.
Brookline Fossil-fuel Ordinance
Brookline attempted to become the first municipality in Massachusetts with an ordinance designed to keep fossil-fuel hookups out of new buildings. Many cities could pass a similar ordinance.
The Minnesota Green New Deal bill text provides an example for other states to work on their GNDs.
Green New Deal for Maine
The Maine Green New Deal bill text provides an example for other states to work on their GNDs.