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Science for a Green New Deal

Connecting Climate, Economics, and Social Justice

Science, not politics, can take us beyond the hype and headlines to forge a realistic green new deal.

Since it was first proposed in the US House of Representatives, the Green New Deal has been hotly debated, often using partisan characterizations that critique it as extreme or socialist. The intent was not simply to fight climate change or address a specific environmental concern, but rather to tackle how climate change and other environmental challenges affect the economy, the vulnerable, and social justice—and vice versa.

In Science for a Green New Deal, Eric Davidson dissects this legislative resolution. He also shows how green new deal thinking offers a framework for a much-needed convergence of the natural sciences, social science, economics, and community engagement to develop holistic policy solutions to the most pressing issues of our day. Davidson weaves the case for linkages among multiple global crises, including a pandemic that has reversed progress on fighting poverty and hunger, an acceleration of climate change that has exacerbated storms, floods, droughts, and fires, and a renewed awareness of profound social injustices highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Illustrating these points with his personal life experiences as a child growing up in Montana and as a famed researcher leading a large scientific society, Davidson relates these complex challenges to our everyday lives and decision-making. How, he asks, can we extract from the Earth's resources what we need for the prosperity, well-being, and dignity of current and future generations of billions of people without exhausting or polluting those resources? Written in clear, jargon-free prose, Science for a Green New Deal is a realistic and optimistic look at how we can attain a more sustainable, prosperous, and just future.

About the Author

Eric A. Davidson (FROSTBURG, MD) is a professor in the Appalachian Laboratory at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. He is the author of You Can't Eat GNP: Economics As If Ecology Mattered.

Endorsements

"In this well-documented and well-written book, Davidson uses the Green New Deal as an integrating framework in addressing the present imperative for using scientific knowledge, social justice, and economic viability in a more organized and directed way. This is a book I will use, have students read, and recommend to others for a sober, well-founded perspective on the interdependent challenges that lie ahead."

- Donald F. Boesch, President Emeritus, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

"Eric Davidson is one of the best 'put it together' scientists I know. In this book, he describes how to bring together scientists, farmers, early adopters of renewable energy, schoolchildren, CEOs, asset managers, and investors, which would incite a sea change in the world. He manages an incredible feat, truly connecting climate with social justice and economics—each in its broadest sense—to create an inclusive plan to manage the Anthropocene."

- Pedro Sanchez, World Food Prize laureate, University of Florida

"Eric Davidson probes what may be the most important question of our time: how, in the midst of the climate emergency, do we collectively define a future that is more equitable, enriching, and sustainable? Davidson lays out a pathway that is deeply visionary yet grounded by the analytic mindset of a practicing scientist. Along the way, he shares wisdom he has gleaned from being an astute observer of what kinds of solutions work in the real world, especially a world where we center social justice."

- Lisa Graumlich, College of the Environment, University of Washington

"Explaining how a Green New Deal can permeate every aspect of our lives, this book also reveals how we can build a future that ensures such a deal will be the definitive economic plan of our—and future—generations. Using appropriately tailored and researched examples in each chapter, Davidson demonstrates how Green New Deal thinking geared toward transforming our communities, our economy, and our planet is only possible when there is a strong, unified convergence of multiple parties and stakeholders, including scientists, businesses, workers, and marginalized communities. By providing real-life anecdotes from his own life, Davidson also highlights how human thought, ambition, and inspiration is influenced by personal life experiences: that is, the economic conditions, health, and social privilege—or lack thereof—that we grew up with, and the knowledge, information, and role models we have access to."

- Mitra Kashani, Sunrise Movement Virginia
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