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2. We recognize climate change represents a serious threat to all and especially to vulnerable people such as workers, people of color, seniors, youth, and the poor. Governments at all levels need to act now because the warming planet puts prosperity out of reach for far too many.
3. We understand that unchecked corporate power jeopardizes a sustainable future. We support democratic and public control of the energy and finance sectors so that private interests never compromise the health and well-being of workers and our communities.
4. We can address both the climate crisis and the inequality crisis with the same set of policies. As the impacts of climate change mount, the crises of inequality and democracy will continue to grow.
5. We support rapid movement toward 100% clean renewable energy. We know what must be done. We have to shift away from extracting and burning fossil fuels and towards a lower carbon economy and fast. It is imperative that we recognize and achieve the targets for greenhouse gas emission reduction that climate science requires.
6. Climate protection must serve as a means to greater economic justice and stronger local economies.
The jobs created by climate protection must be good jobs that respect workers’ right to organize. Jobs must be open and accessible to those who have been excluded from and discriminated against in the labor force. Likewise, small businesses and local economies should thrive in a new clean energy economy.
7. Climate protection must serve as a means to challenge environmental and racial injustice. We prioritize climate-vulnerable frontline communities and energy-insecure communities. Fairness and equity means the burden of policies that are necessary for society, like protecting the climate, shouldn’t be borne by a small minority who happen to be victimized by their side effects.
8. We must ensure economic security & job placement program for existing workers and young people. Workers employed in carbon-intensive industries should be guaranteed work in new industries and be provided strong social safety net benefits, including fully-funded retirement plans and free re-training opportunities. Young people benefit from career training for a wide-range of work opportunities in a clean energy future.
9. We must ensure community participation and oversight in decision making. To do that, there need to be resources and meaningful participation by community, labor, environmental justice, environmental, and other constituents.
2. New York State dedicates 40% or more of climate investment to environmental justice and low-income communities. Set in law a:• Definition and criteria to designate frontline communities most vulnerable to climate change;• Legal requirement that at least 40% of NYSERDA, DEC, and other related climate investments are directed to environmental justice and low-income communities; and• Process for community engagement in local sustainability and resiliency planning.
3. Create good local jobs in clean energy and protections for workers impacted by the current transition. Set in law:
• A “Build the Future” working group that brings together labor, community, business, and other leaders to propose and implement large-scale projects;• Good job standards (e.g. prevailing wage, project labor agreements, labor peace agreements) and targeted local hiring commitments on climate investments at or above $1 million;• A Just Transition fund to support worker training in new clean energy industries, retirement support for workers in transitioning industries, and short-term local tax revenue support where the industry is in transition.
4. New York creates an ambitious program to transition the state to a 100% clean energy economy backed by significant funding. Set in law:
• A community-planned Just Transition fund to support workers displaced from transitioning industries, as well as a planned transition from the current reliance on dirty energy to a new clean energy economy that is supportive of localized economies, ecologically grounded, produces community wellbeing, democratizes decision-making, and promotes local control of resources (including land, water, and food systems);• Programs to ensure the state meets its climate and clean energy goals, and does so by prioritizing disadvantaged and impacted communities;• An energy transition rebate to low- and moderate-income New Yorkers through a progressive payment to buffer the impact of the energy transition; and• To pay for these programs, establish a climate pollution penalty – a price on greenhouse gas pollution and other co-pollutants – that would increase each year.