In this week’s OCC environmental news video, I take a brief look at the growing struggle over the Green New Deal. Specifically, how climate activists have clashed with senators like Representative Dianne Feinstein and Representative Mitch McConnell over the Green New Deal resolution. Also in the news, NASA released a study that shows that the earth is greener with more trees and vegetation than it was 20 years ago.
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This week, the battle over the Green New Deal is ramped up in the U.S. Young folk across
the country staged demonstrations to pressure their representatives to support the Green
New Deal resolution, which would seek to transition the United States to 100% renewables in 10
years all while supplying jobs to countless Americans.
In this struggle to push Congress to support the Green New Deal, dozens of activists were
arrested in a peaceful protest in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office.
Young protestors were also turned away by California Senator Dianne Feinstein, and it
was all captured in a video that went viral.
In other news, a recent analysis reveals that we have space to plant 1.2 trillion trees,
and if planted, those trees could offset a large chunk of our current CO2 emissions.
NASA also just released a report about trees.
They discovered that the Earth has more vegetation than it did 20 years ago, and this 5% increase
in flora is due in large part to the conservation, forestry programs, and increased agricultural
endeavors in China and India.
But the researchers are also quick to point out that this increase in green does not offset
the damage to native plants and ecosystems in tropical regions like Brazil.
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