Responding in the Biggest Possible Way
The New Deal was a response to the Great Depression of 1932. Because the USA was in such dire straits, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, responded with policies and programs that were in many ways radical. It has been referred to as the 3 R’s –relief, recovery and reform. Relief for the poor and unemployed, recovery of the economy and reform of the financial system.
Fast forward to 2018, and we now have a “re-invention” of the New Deal with a new youth movement, The Sunrise Movement, in response to our ailing planet. FDR responded in many ways to the forgotten and the Sunrise Movement, with a platform called the Green New Deal, is also in response to the “forgotten” youth who are inheriting a dying planet.
I am very inspired by this group that now has a momentum and a possibility to address this crisis in the biggest way. They have the “ears” and some support already of some of the representatives in Congress including John Lewis, and they have a well-documented platform of what they want to accomplish. The IPCC report said that we only have a few years to act before it will be way too late.
Given all this, if there is one thing that you can do today, it is to support this movement in any way you can. Support through financial donation, support through calling your representatives in congress, support through joining the movement and finding out what you can do. Their link is https://www.sunrisemovement.org/