26 June 2019

The BlueGreen Alliance — which brings together big American unions like the United Steelworkers and the Service Employees International Union with significant environmental groups like the Sierra Club and the National Wildlife Foundation — has launched its policy platform, called Solidarity for Climate Action. It aims to shift the discussion about the Green New Deal from high level statements of principle to more concrete policy objectives. It “addresses the dual crises of climate change and income inequality in a number of ways”, including by investing heavily in renewable energy, regulating supply chains to uphold high labour and environmental standards, and supporting community engagement and a just transition to a greener economy. This is a promising step forward.