Scientists cannot be silent admirers of Green New Deal

Feb 26, 2019, 7:22 AM EST
(Source: Dimitri Rodriguez/flickr)
(Source: Dimitri Rodriguez/flickr)

The Green New Deal, unveiled by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, has had a fair share of cheers, skeptical welcome, criticism and outright ridicule from all quarters in the U.S.

Climate advocates have never been happier as they finally witness the sprouting of efforts and momentum for a radical action plan that actually appears to respond to an unfolding crisis on a proportionate scale, but one community has surprisingly chosen to stay mum on the GND – the scientists, writes Scientific American.

The GND requires the scientists to be a vocal supporter than being a silent admirer. What makes this ambitious resolution different from most other climate efforts in America is that it lets the scientific community share a seat with everyone in the society and work in tandem, not in isolation.

The GND offers scientists an opportunity to prioritize social justice along with climate and collaborate with students, indigenous groups, environmental justice advocates, frontline communities and women to identify climate impacts and define solutions.