Members of a left-leaning group who advocate for the Green New Deal are scheduled to hold what is known as a “Climate Strike Friday” in Nashville and Knoxville as part of a larger nationwide movement.
Members of this group, known as the Sunrise Movement, said they chose this day because it’s the same time world leaders are gathering at the United Nations’ Annual Climate Conference in Madrid, Spain.
“We joined the #ClimateStrike because our lives depend on elected leaders treating this crisis like the emergency it is,” according to the Sunrise Movement’s website.
“On December 6th, we’ll show up at the offices of our political leaders and ask them, are you ready to stand with our generation and fight for a Green New Deal?”
According to the Sunrise Movement of Nashville’s Facebook page, members want to “end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel money on our political system” and “make climate policy an urgent national priority.”
Members also will support representatives or candidates who refuse to take fossil fuel money and have a clear plan on climate change and are determined to make it a reality, the Facebook page went on to say.
Members of the group say on their national website that they are growing in number and are nonviolent in word and deed.
As The Tennessee Star reported in February, New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released the Green New Deal resolution that’s become a central part of the Democratic agenda, including backing from 2020 candidates.
The “Green New Deal” resolution calls for “10-year national mobilizations” towards a series of goals aimed at fighting global warming, according to a copy of the bill obtained by NPR. A separate fact-sheet claims the plan would “mobilize every aspect of American society on a scale not seen since World War 2.”
That includes getting all our energy needs from “clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources” by “dramatically expanding and upgrading existing renewable power sources.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s non-binding resolution calls for a variety of social justice and welfare state goals, including “a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations and retirement security” and “high-quality health care” benefits for Americans.
The resolution calls for “repairing historic oppression” among certain groups, including minorities, immigrants, women, low-income workers, indigenous people and youth collectively called “frontline and vulnerable communities.”
Sunrise Movement members are scheduled to hold their Climate Strike Friday at Legislative Plaza in Nashville and at the University of Tennessee’s HSS Amphitheater in Knoxville, according to the group’s website.
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