Episode 6 – The Green New Deal and Biden’s Climate Plan

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Climate policy is intimidating as hell! This week we broke our format to break down the Green New Deal and the Biden climate plan in the wake of the first presidential debate to directly reference climate change in a question since Al Gore in 2000 (seriously!).

We talk about why Biden had to distance himself from the Green New Deal during the debate, climate change and inequality as interconnected crises, and how Biden is a sunny day buddy (we mean… fair-weather friend) of climate with the potential to be a pioneer.

We encourage you to read along with us!

The Green New Deal resolution: read or listen to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reading the entire GND on the House floor in February 2020
Read Biden’s Climate Plan (as of October 2020 – from his campaign website)

The 14 page Green New Deal looking generally un-scary

Other Sources:
Politifact, August 2020, Joe Biden’s Climate Plan Explained  
NBC, September 2020, In just 10 minutes, Tuesday’s presidential debate made climate history
The Guardian, September 30, 2020,  What does the first climate question at a US debate in 20 years reveal?
Sunrise movement plan phases, 2016 to 2021

We mentioned this sweet 2019 video narrated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez telling the story of the GND from the future. This is the video that ends with “we can be whatever we have the courage to see.”

Podcast episodes sourced or mentioned:
The Ezra Klein Show, March 2019, Meet the policy architect behind the Green New Deal, Rhiana Gunn-Wright
Vox Explained, July 22 2020, Biden’s $2 trillion climate plan 
The Skepticast, July 29 2020, Joe Biden: Climate Policies (or on Spotify )
How To Save a Planet, October 1 2020, Make Republicans Environmentalists Again

The Dump

We both bought Erin Brockovich’s new book, Superman’s Not Coming, on Libro.fm. (Use our referral code lfm185500 so we can talk about even more books on the show and support our independent bookstore friends :’) )
You can also check out her book, podcast, and episode of Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness that we mentioned on the show. We’re big fans, if you can’t tell.

Bioglitz Biodegradable Glitter at Package Free Shop
What we’re watching: The Love WitchUndoneI’m Thinking Of Ending Things
Olivia tried her hand at phone banking with @ItsRadishTime for Wisconsin candidate Amanda White Eagle, and she survived! You can sign up to phone bank with the Environmental Voter Project – they do trainings and action hours, with a special focus on the five days leading up to November 3rd.
Electric Garbage Trucks in NYC via Business Insider

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Ep. 24 – Climate Anxiety World Is Burning

This week we went rogue, sort of, to talk about the term we use at the beginning of every episode: climate anxiety. We've been hearing the term a lot lately, particularly in the social media response to Sarah Jaquette Ray's recent article for Scientific American, 'Climate Anxiety Is an Overwhelmingly White Phenomenon.' In this episode we finally define climate anxiety, break down the article and responses to it, and discuss the white-centering conversations around climate emotions. We also talk about coping with anxiety, turning it into action, and–if you come from privilege–how not to crawl back into the comfort of your shell. (Surprise, your shell is made of structural oppression!) Asides include processing fear through true crime, building a community, and being sad about our favorite music venue being made into a hotel. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/worldisburning/message
  1. Ep. 24 – Climate Anxiety
  2. Ep. 23 – Fire – Indigenous Controlled Burns and Incarcerated Firefighters
  3. Ep. 22 – Agent Orange and the Delano Grape Strike
  4. Ep. 21 – Harry Styles and Sustainable Touring
  5. Ep. 20 – Save the Whales and Free Willy