A recent article by LNS Research and Policy Director Jeremy Brecher in the Great Transition Forum argues that the climate movement has entered a new historic phase, pioneered by the Sunrise Movement, the Student Strike for Climate, and the Extinction Rebellion and expressed in the massive activity around the Green New Deal.

Brecher says one feature of this new phase, exemplified by the Green New Deal, is “a climate policy that is specifically directed to the needs of the working class.” That includes:

A universal guarantee of jobs for all; expansion of union rights; full employment; extensive apprenticeship and training programs; job ladders; restoration and expansion of the social safety net such as Medicare for all; and policies to eliminate the discrimination and marginalization of historically disadvantaged groups.