Energy, Environment & Climate

Climate Change Fact Sheet v5


  • Puerto Rico: Austerity or a Green New Deal

    Hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria devastated Puerto Rico. Almost three thousand Puerto Ricans died, infrastructure and energy systems were devastated, and it will take many years for Puerto Rico to recuperate. With this crisis has come a decision for Puerto Rico: Austerity, or rebuilding using a Green New Deal framework. At the Sanders Institute Gathering, we brought together Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, economist Robert Pollin, and community land trust expert John Davis to talk about the path forward for Puerto Rico.

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  • Dr. Jane Sanders Addresses The Geoscience and Society Summit

    Dr. Jane Sanders, Sanders Institute Co-Founder and Founding Fellow, addressed the 2019 Geoscience and Society Summit in Stockholm hosted by the American Geophysical Union about the need for grassroots movements to elevate interdisciplinary conversations about the climate crisis and how to build effective international collaboration on this important issue.

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  • The Climate Crisis and the Green New Deal

    At the Sanders Institute Gathering, we set out to have  conversations with some exceptional people that have made studying issues like the climate crisis their life’s work. We brought together some of the leading progressive minds to address this issue. Sanders Institute founding fellow, author and climate expert Bill McKibben, author and activist Naomi Klein, Executive Director of Presente Matt Nelson, Sanders Institute founding fellow and leading economist Stephanie Kelton, and physician and former Michigan gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed, spoke in depth about the climate crisis and how it intersects with each and every issue that our progressive movement is fighting for.

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  • Here’s What a Green New Deal Looks Like in Practice

    With the climate change challenge growing more acute with every passing year, the need for the adoption of a new political economy that would tackle effectively both the environmental and the egalitarian concerns of progressive people worldwide grows exponentially. Yet, there is still a lot of disagreement on the left as to the nature of the corresponding political economy model. One segment of the left calls for the complete overthrow of capitalism as a means of dealing with climate change and the growing levels of economic inequality in the era of global neoliberalism, while another one argues against growth in general. In the interview below, Robert Pollin, distinguished professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, explains some issues raised by each of these positions, and how to move toward solutions grounded in a fuller understanding of economic development.

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  • Bill McKibben: The Fossil Fuel Industry Has Money, But We Have Movements

    After hosting a panel at the Sanders Institute Gathering on the Climate Crisis and a Green New Deal, Sanders Institute Fellow, Bill McKibben, sat down with the Real News Network to expand on the vision of a Green New Deal and the consequences if America and the world does not find a path forward to fight the climate crisis.

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  • The Climate Crisis and How We Fix Our World for the Future

    The world is not only facing climate “change” we are facing a CLIMATE CRISIS.

    For thirty years, scientists have warned that we were changing the climate and now those predictions are coming true with a vengeance:

    • The five hottest years on record have all taken place since 2010
    • The 2017 hurricane season caused more damage than any other natural disaster in U.S. history
    • California wildfires devastated a million acres. 
    • And weather events have cost the American economy alone 240 billion dollars a year

    We need to start addressing this climate crisis and we need to have started yesterday. This video series addresses some of the major ways that we can address our climate crisis: Looking to countries around the world, holding corporations accountable, debunking myths about renewable energy jobs, changing how we talk about the climate crisis, and finally, the individual steps that we can take.

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  • Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

    While the best thing that we can do to fight the climate crisis is to join together (our recent video featuring founding fellow Bill Mckibben covers how to do this), we can also pair these group actions with the individual ones that climate organizations have been pushing for years.

    This article outlines some of the ways that we can reduce our individual carbon footprint through: being more energy efficient in our homes, choosing renewable power, eating foods that have lower carbon footprints, making green travel choices, and recycling.

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