Assemblymember Gloria Brings Forward State Resolution to Support Green New Deal
Gloria Wants California to Sign-On in Support of Climate Change, Economic Justice Policies Found in Green New Deal
SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) brought forward a state resolution to signal California’s support for the climate change, environmental, and economic justice policies found in House Resolution 109 – commonly known as the Green New Deal. Assembly Joint Resolution 7 (AJR 7) was presented for the first time in the Assembly’s Natural Resources Committee this afternoon and was approved by a vote of six to two.
“The Green New Deal sets a vision for what we must do for our future. Climate change is a global emergency and an existential threat to all of us. We have to treat it that way,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “We cannot ignore climate change and we should not be turning our back on the economic injustices in communities of concern. This resolution will signal California’s support for those climate, environmental, and economic policies that can provide benefit to all communities and it encourages our leaders in Washington to adopt them.”
Specifically, AJR 7 urges the U.S. Congress to:
“…adopt climate policies, including those that might be adopted under the Green New Deal, that build upon California’s programs that have reduced greenhouse gas emissions while improving air and water quality, create new green jobs, and improve disadvantaged communities…”
The Green New Deal represents the first major piece of climate legislation under consideration by federal legislators in almost ten years. At its core, it asks the federal government to treat climate change like the national emergency it is and create innovative policies and programs capable of lowering emissions and improving public health while creating economic development that is more equitable and just.
With today’s approval from the Assembly’s Natural Resources Committee, AJR 7 will now head to for a full vote by the State Assembly.
The full text of AJR 7 can be found here.