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New debates are emerging around how the Green New Deal should tackle the critical challenges the country faces today—environmental, political, and economic. We are currently developing research that engages with these conversations, while drawing on the key lessons of the original New Deal. This section offers an overview of key debates about how the Green New Deal should achieve the transition to a low carbon economy, bring equitable growth, and rebuild the nation. 


Credit: The Corps Network and the Montana Conservation Corps.

A New American Climate Corps



Paul Baicich delves into the proposition of establishing a New American Climate Corps (NACC) as a pivotal component of climate change mitigation. Drawing inspiration from the historical Civilian Conservation Corps, the NACC aims to recruit and deploy a diverse group of young Americans to work on various conservation and climate-related projects nationwide.

Key to the NACC’s vision is providing training and employment opportunities for the participants, enabling them to develop a deeper understanding of environmental challenges while simultaneously nurturing a skilled workforce capable of implementing sustainable solutions.

Baicich envisions the NACC not just as a means to preserve natural resources but as a catalyst for fostering national unity and commitment to tackling climate change. By nurturing a culture of environmental responsibility and sustainability, the NACC aspires to play a pivotal role in building a greener and more resilient future for the United States, with the active involvement of its youth.

Read the piece here.


Members of the Civilian Conservation Corps work to control the Malibu fire near Angeles National Forest, California, 1935.

How FDR’s Original Green New Deal Challenged Jim Crow


The Jacobin

The Civilian Conservation Corps, FDR’s original Green New Deal, cared for the environment and gave jobs to the unemployed. And though its record on racial equality was imperfect, it helped undermine key parts of Jim Crow.

What We Can Learn from the First New Deal to Make the New One Better

by William Janeway

“Whether it is called “Build Back Better” or a “Green Industrial Policy” or, indeed, a Green New Deal, it is imperative to reject the false dichotomy of ‘jobs against climate.’”

Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr/cc

Stimulus isn’t enough. Our cities need a post-pandemic New Deal.

“With 22 million-plus out of work, we need jobs and public-works vision for the future” By Patrick Sisson, Curbed.

Gray Brechin was interviewed by By Patrick Sisson for a Curbed story. Reflecting on the current crisis, Brechin noted that, “advocates and boosters of the New Deal constantly spoke of ‘increasing the health of the country in the broadest possible terms,’ part of what he calls the ‘lost ethical language’ of the program. Improving health, both physical and economic, was a measuring stick for success.”


What the New Deal Can Teach Us About a Green New Deal

An Interview with Richard A Walker, Jacobin

Nine Principles that Should Guide the Green New Deal

Lessons drawn from the successes—and failures—of the first New Deal.

By Richard A Walker, Living New Deal Director

Op-ed, Washington Post
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Green New Deal: Can we be the next Greatest Generation?

By Helena Birecki Jan. 3, 2020, San Francisco Chronicle

The Role of Public Capital” A Reconstruction Finance Corporation for the 21st century

BY Kevin Baker December 5, 2019

Photo: “President Franklin Roosevelt called a special session of Congress on March 9, 1933, to deal with the banking crisis.” (AP Images)

The Role of Public Capital” A Reconstruction Finance Corporation for the 21st century

BY Kevin Baker December 5, 2019

Photo: “President Franklin Roosevelt called a special session of Congress on March 9, 1933, to deal with the banking crisis.” (AP Images)


Forged in Fire: California’s Lessons for a Green New Deal

By Naomi Klein, Nov. 18, The Intercept

Photo: “Flames climb trees as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Nov. 8, 2018., Noah Berger/AP”

The Chico Green New Deal framework marries rapid decarbonization targets with calls for more affordable housing; a safe and sustainable food system; investments in “clean, 21st century” public transit; green jobs creation…and much more.


Naomi Klein’s new book, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal.

In her recently published book, Naomi Klein makes the case for urgent climate action and the need for a Green New Deal.

Listen to Naomi Klein speak about the Green New Deal here and the Extinction Rebellion here.

The climate crisis is our third world war. It needs a bold response

Joseph Stiglitz Opinion, The Guardian

Critics of the Green New Deal ask if we can afford it. But we can’t afford not to: our civilisation is at stake

The climate crisis is our third world war. It needs a bold response

Joseph Stiglitz Opinion, The Guardian

Critics of the Green New Deal ask if we can afford it. But we can’t afford not to: our civilisation is at stake

Where Our New World BeginsPolitics, power, and the Green New Deal

By Kevin BakerHarper Magazine

“The manifesto that announced the Green New Deal will not be instituted literally. Some parts of it will be compromised, some will be improved, added, or subtracted. But it had better come into being, or we will leave to future generations a world of natural disasters unlike anything we have ever known.”

Building a “Green New Deal”: Lessons From the Original New Deal

“Demands centering on the need for a “Green New Deal”, focused on the creation of a public works “green jobs” infrastructure policy, have helped energise the American left in recent weeks. In this article Matt Huber offers four vital lessons from the original New Deal that contemporary activists and policymakers must learn.”

By Matt Huber, Verso Books


This Is An Emergency, Damn It

Green New Deal critics are missing the bigger picture. Does this change everywhere?

By David Roberts, Vox

Photo: Nelson Klein, Sunrise

Economy and Cost

Climate Change Will Cost More Than We Think

The New York Times

Economists greatly underestimate the price tag on harsher weather and higher seas. Why is that?

By Naomi Oreskes and Nicholas Stern

Dr. Oreskes is a professor of the history of science at Harvard. Professor Stern is chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

Oct. 23, 2019

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Emergency Banking Act into law, March 9, 1933. The Act allows only Federal Reserve-approved banks to operate in the United States of America. (AP Photo)

The New Deal Wasn’t What You Think

If we are going to fund a Green New Deal, we need to acknowledge how the original actually worked.

By Louis Hyman, Atlantic

WATFORD CITY, ND – JULY 30: An oil drilling rig is seen in an aerial view in the early morning hours of July 30, 2013 near Watford City, North Dakota. The state has seen a boom in oil production thanks to new drilling techniques including horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Make Corporations Pay for the Green New Deal

A Green New Deal will require trillions of dollars of investment. But the government doesn’t actually need to put up all the cash — we can make corporations pay.

By Christian Parenti, Jacobin

How to Make the Next Green New Deal Work  

To make green investments pay off, policymakers must learn from past mistakes and stop subsidizing polluters. 

By Edward B. Barbier, Nature

A Green New Deal

Data For Progress Policy Report

Greg Carlock Lead Author, Emily Mangan Contributing Author, Sean Mcelwee 

A Green New Deal is fiscally responsible. Climate inaction is not

Opinion: Justin Talbot Zorn, Ben Beachy and Rhiana Gunn-Wright, The Guardian

Firefighters of the Texas Canyon Hotshot crew fight the Sand Fire at a residential golf course on July 23 2016 near Santa Clarita, California. Fueled by temperatures reaching about 108 degrees fahrenheit, the wildfire began yesterday has grown to 11,000 acres. / AFP / DAVID MCNEW (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)

The War On Climate Change Won’t Be Won Quibbling Over The Green New Deal’s Costs

The mounting damage of global warming is a crisis far greater than the deficit.

By Zach Carter and Alexander C. Kaufman, Huffington Post. Photo: David Mcnew Via Getty Images

If Washington rejects the Green New Deal, California should step up and do it ourself

By Jacques Leslie. Photo: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

“The Green New Deal is an audacious, ambitious proposal to treat the climate threat with the radical seriousness that it requires, while also reversing economic inequality and injustice.”

A California coalition is tackling one of the hardest, unsexiest parts of climate policy

Decarbonizing buildings: it’s tedious, but oh so necessary.

By David RobertsVox

Success On A Green New Deal Runs Through Public Lands

The ambitious climate resolution includes specific language about land preservation and protecting fragile ecosystems. By Chris D’Angelo, Huffington Post.

Photo: Associated Press.

Jobs & Justice

Green Economy Program

The UC Berkeley Labor Center

The Labor Center Green Economy Program conducts research on issues of job creation, quality, access, and training in the emergent green economy.

The Promise of the Green New Deal

“[J]ust as the New Deal needed an index of success, so does the Green New Deal, but it requires a different one.  We need to measure things that contribute to quality of life and the restoration of the environment and subtract those that do not.”

By John de Graaf, Front Porch Republic

The US Needs a New Civilian Conservation Corps

FDR’s CCC worked in the 1930s, and it would work today.

By Paul J. Baicich, The Nation

The Green Collar Economy

How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems 

By Van Jones

Advocacy and Organizing

Green New Deal

Mobilizing for a Just, Prosperous, and Sustainable Economy

By Rhiana Gunn-Wright And Robert Hockett, New Consensus

Statement of principles from the think tank behind the GND Resolution

Green Jobs in a Global Green New Deal

 “An investment that fights climate change, creates millions of green jobs and spurs green growth.”

Friends of the Earth Urge Congress to Support the Green New Deal

We need a Green New Deal to fight climate change while tackling issues of justice and rising inequity.

Living New Deal. Still Working for America.