We’re well past the point of thinking about climate change as a far-off threat. It’s happening now, and affecting lives and decisions now. Proactively addressing climate change will require a massive effort at every level of government and throughout the private sector. But if done right, it presents a significant opportunity to reform industry and the economy in the U.S. for the better.
The Green New Deal resolution, which Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey introduced in February, gets at both the urgency and the potential embedded in tackling climate change. The framework puts forth a set of interconnected goals: completely decarbonizing the economy, creating millions of well-paying jobs, and addressing systemic inequity across the country. This week, at Fast Company, we offer up some answers to the many questions of “how?” that the Green New Deal raises: How will it reshape industries like building and transportation? How will we pay for it? How can it hold Big Tech accountable? How can it help repair our natural environment?
You might have noticed that the Democratic Debates this week did really get into these questions. But however slow national politics might be to acknowledge the importance of addressing climate change and inequity through the lens of a Green New Deal, that does not mean the work isn’t already happening. It is. Each of the eight features you’ll read here contains insights from people across a variety of industries who are already incorporating the interconnected aims of the Green New Deal in how they’re shaping their industries going forward. And that, more than anything, should tell you where the movement is heading—and offer up some much-needed optimism.