The 2020 General Assembly Ware Lecture, held online, featured remarks on the Green New Deal by Naomi Klein. She has authored books on the economy and climate change, including This Changes Everything, and attended the 2015 Convention of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which negotiated the Paris Agreement.
Klein’s Ware Lecture noted that the COVID pandemic has changed many people’s orientation to change, and opened possibilities for addressing climate, economic and racial issues. The Green New Deal is designed to address these issues on a multi-tasking basis, Klein notes, and would provide a framework for government policy in a post-COVID world.
Klein commends UUs for our “respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part,” our Seventh Principle. Although she does not explicitly mention it, UUA has endorsed the Green New Deal and our actions will fulfill many of its goals.
The Ware Lecture by Naomi Klein can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/showcase/7462757/video/433421388