Our movement is built on the energy young people in our community have brought to solve our world’s largest problems. We must follow their lead and find solutions to one of the greatest challenges our country has ever faced: the monumental reality of climate change and our political leaders’ lack of courage in addressing the issue. Protecting our environment, addressing climate change, and creating good-paying jobs in the process are priorities for our campaign.
The reality is that our current elected officials have taken millions from oil & gas corporate executives and PACS, putting their own electoral interests ahead of their duty to protect our planet and their constituents. This is why I have pledged not to accept donations from fossil fuel corporate PACs and fossil fuel executives. This crisis needs to be treated like the national security issue it is. With historic floods in the midwest, catastrophic fires on the west coast, and extreme weather events becoming more frequent across our nation, now is the time to act.
We need to:
Pass a Green New Deal. In order to avoid reaching global temperatures that would produce the most severe consequences of climate change, we must take bold action. A Green New Deal would make sure we achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and mobilize our economy to move to 100% clean, renewable energy by the deadlines put forth in the 2018 United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. It would also ensure a just transition for workers impacted by the economic mobilization, protect vulnerable communities, and create millions of good-paying jobs in the process.
Get lead out of our drinking water. This priority is reflected in my section on gun violence as well as environmental justice because the issues are inextricably linked. If we do not address the lead in our drinking water or the toxic chemicals in our soil, our young people will continue to experience behavioral and developmental issues, which can lead to poor decision-making skills and violence in our communities.
Recognize environmental justice must include racial justice. Whether it is the lack of response to the lead crisis in Flint, or the placement of toxic waste dumps in communities of color in Chicago, we must recognize that environmental racism is real and must be ended.
Invest in revamping our public infrastructure to become more environmentally friendly. Our roadways, tollways, public transportation system, our public buildings, and our electrical infrastructure are all operating on technology from the 20th century. I will advocate for the allocation of resources to improve this infrastructure and make it more environmentally friendly in the process.