Book Club | Understanding the Green New Deal

Member-Led at Online

Wed, Apr 8 at 6:30 p.m.   |   2 hours
Clubs: Member-led conversations around books, films, etc.

Month-long, weekly Book Club for Scenius Members on understanding the Green New Deal, structured around "A Planet to Win- Why We Need a Green New Deal"

The Green New Deal Book Club meetings will take place on four consecutive Wednesday evenings (April 8th, April 15th, April 22nd, April 29th) from 6:30-8:30 PM. GND Book Club will be facilitated by Olio member Kathryn Nock, a researcher at a social science think-tank in Manhattan focused on public perceptions of environmental issues, tipping points in social movements, and climate change communication, who has made the Green New Deal the central pillar of her political activism this current election cycle. The Book Club is open to 10 Active Participants (first come first served) who are committed to attending and participating in weekly Zoom discussion hours.

Since there are limited spaces available, please only sign up for an Active Participant slot if you intend to participate fully in all five Zoom meetings. There will be no cap on Listener slots for folks who prefer to just dial-in without speaking privileges and listen to the conversation and share comments or questions in the chat box. There will also be a dedicated Slack Channel for all participants interested in continuing the conversation and exchanging other relevant resources.

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The environmental and social challenges facing our country are enormous, unprecedented, and intertwined, leading some to believe that the only way to address them is with a plan so big it would fundamentally reshape our economy to address the social injustices our capitalist system has created, while simultaneously tackling climate change– a plan for such a task that is already growing in both popularity and confusion, that for many is seen as the only plan big enough to save us from climate catastrophe. This plan, of course, is the Green New Deal. In 2019, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ed Markey made the Green New Deal a household concept last year when they proposed the resolution in congress, and this year the majority of leading democratic presidential candidates either supported or endorsed the objectives outlined by the GND (some stronger than others….) But is a Green New Deal possible, and what would it look like for the United States, and more importantly, what would it look like for the world?

This 4 week discussion will be structured around A Planet to Win- Why We Need a Green New Deal by Kate Aronoff, Alyssa Battistoni, Daniel Aldana Cohen, and Thea Riofrancos (Ebook available for free from Verso Books). We will help each other understand the Green New Deal by asking questions like: What is the Green New Deal? What would the transition to a new economic system look like? What would this mean for fossil fuel companies? How is the GND funded? What is its relation to FDR’s New Deal? What kind of jobs are included in the “job guarantee”? Why is public ownership of resources so important? What influence has the GND had on the political conversation around climate change? And anything else that Olio book club members find themselves wondering as they read through the text.

This is not a discussion for experts or advanced economists, this is a discussion for people who are curious and thinking about solutions, that include things like “give us time for long dinners with friends and plenty of organic wine, outdoor adventures enhanced by legal weed grown and harvested by well-paid agricultural workers; skinny-dipping in lakes that reflect the moon and the star light” (pg. 92).

Teacher: Member-Led

This event is member-led.


Venue: Online

Zoom link will be sent upon signup.


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