“We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost‘s familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road — the one less traveled by — offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.”
― Rachel Carson, 
Silent Spring

 

The North Carolina Green New Deal, HJR 737

PDF copy of the bill: https://www.ncleg.gov/Sessions/2019/Bills/House/PDF/H737v1.pdf

Sponsors and co-sponsors in the House: https://www.ncleg.gov/BillLookUp/2019/H737

This legislation was introduced by The Canary Coalition to the NC General Assembly as part of a national strategy to show solidarity with the Sunrise Movement and the effort to pass the Green New Deal in Congress, introduced and promoted by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In the US House of Representatives, the Green New Deal legislation, HJR 109, started out with 67 legislative co-sponsors. It has now grown to have 98 co-sponsors. HJR 109 is a basic outline of goals to reach a 100% renewable transformation within the next 10 years, while providing millions of new living-wage jobs and incorporating a full slate of provisions for economic and environmental justice for all people. Meanwhile, in the US Senate, Senator Edward Markey introduced a companion bill starting with 11 co-sponsors that has grown to 14.

When we introduced the North Carolina version of the Green New Deal it was based on the AOC House version, which is a mandate to appoint a commission to study and develop a plan that would accomplish the goals outlined. Upon introduction of H737, North Carolina became the 3rd state, after New York and Minnesota, to introduce similar legislation in solidarity with the federal legislation,. Since then, those states have been joined by California, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island and Virginia. There is a visible momentum building as a result of this strategy.