One Green New Dealmaker Thing: Ed Markey Wins MA Dem Primary with Progressive Surge

Congratulations to Senator Ed Markey — a very early #FriendofthePlanet — for his incredible come-from-behind victory over Congressman Joe Kennedy in the Massachusetts Democratic Senate primary.  Senator Markey has long been someone I (Monica) admired — ever since his days as the leader of the nuclear freeze movement back in the 80s. He has been an outspoken fighter for conserving the environment for decades and a relentless advocate for climate action and for science. If the House bill on climate change that he co-wrote in 2009 had become law, imagine how much more progress we would have made in controlling greenhouse gas emissions and fighting the climate crisis. Congressman Kennedy ran a tough and good campaign. But this campaign ad tells you all you need to know about Senator Markey and why he is so tough to beat!  Ed Markey delivered.

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EJ Bills Introduced In Congress Now Set the Stage For Next Year

EJ Bills Introduced In Congress Now Set the Stage For Next Year

Environmental Justice legislation is getting lots of attention this year as numerous bills are pending in Congress on a topic that, until now, barely received attention. Yesterday, Senator Cory Booker and Representative Deb Haaland rolled out a bill that would put $100 billion dollars toward eliminating pollution that has disproportionately harmed communities of color.

Why This Matters:  Lisa Friedman of  The New York Times wrote last month that by putting Senator Harris on the ticket with him, Vice President Biden signaled that environmental justice will be high on their agenda.

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European Commission Agrees To Green Deal Stimulus, But Is It Green Enough?

The Guardian and S&P Global reported that after days of haggling, the European Commission settled on an $864 billion USD recovery fund for the next 3 years, plus a five year budget with a target of spending 30% of that to support the EU’s climate commitments.  

Why This Matters:  Activist leader Greta Thunberg immediately criticized the deal as not being good enough.

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On World Environment Day, The Future Is Clear: It’s Time #ForNature and #TheGreatReset

Today is World Environment Day. As you read this, it is clear that globally we are at a crossroads and that the inequities we see at home are also reflected across the broader planet.  The pandemic has instigated a moment to re-examine our relationship with nature and the planet’s resources.

Why This Matters:  Most of the world is moving ahead on this reset they see conserving nature and economic development as consistent

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