The Green New Deal and the Politics of Climate Change

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F. Eanes

Course Long Title

The Green New Deal and the Politics of Climate Change


The congressional Green New Deal resolution in 2019 marked a turning point in climate politics by calling for a war-like mobilization to rapidly decarbonize the U.S. economy while redressing legacy inequalities through redistributive investments in "frontline communities." What is the Green New Deal, and what could it mean for the future of housing, transportation, work, and leisure? How does its political vision differ from other climate policies and from the original Depression-era New Deal? Drawing on theories of social movements, students explore the political formations (labor, indigenous, and climate and environmental justice movements) shaping the Green New Deal and future climate politics. Prerequisite(s): one 200-level environmental studies course, or one course in politics.

Writing Credit

No writing credit

INDS Program Relationship

IDES - ENVR Program

Class Restriction

Exclude First Years