Green New Deal for louisville
We are living through a crisis that will take the rest of our lives to resolve. The tasks are so large that they threaten to paralyze us, but we know that inaction isn’t an option. We also know that individual lifestyle changes can’t reverse systemic failures. At the same time, we see that capitalism—focusing on corporate profits over human rights and the collective good—is what has brought us to the brink.
So where does that leave us? We rebuild our cities and infrastructure to reverse the damage already done and provide good jobs for the working class. This generational task will happen across the country, but our work starts here in our own backyard. It starts with protecting our city’s working class, both their health and their pocketbooks. We deserve a cleaner city, made and run by and for the people who live in it.
That’s why Louisville DSA is fighting for A Green New Deal for Louisville. We’re calling for everyone in the city who is ready to get to work to join us. Below you’ll find the principles of our plan. These are our first steps to a better future.
The residents of our city should be the decision makers on our energy policy, not an out-of-state, for-profit corporation. This isn’t a pie-in-the-sky dream—we have a concrete legislative pathway to make this a reality.
A Comprehensive City Ordinance
Expand and protect our tree canopy, ban the construction of new dirty buildings while funding the conversion of existing ones, and increase regulation of industrial pollution.
Keep Green Promises
A local ordinance that doesn’t recommend or project but instead mandates 100% carbon neutral city services, including transportation and public safety.
A Revolution In Transportation
Expand a fully-funded TARC made free at the point of service and safe cycling infrastructure that is truly city wide.
National Leadership That Matters
Metro Government support for the federal Green New Deal to create programs and policy nationwide
The future of Louisville and the United States is one of ecosocialism. It will take something from everyone—from people like you who help start a movement, to the elected leaders that commit to the vision, to the workers that build it. The sooner we start, the better.
Five principles of the Green New Deal for Louisville
Louisville Metro Government should take municipal ownership of Louisville Gas & Electric and convert the utility to 100% renewable energy.
Louisville Metro Government should pass a comprehensive climate ordinance to further protect and expand our tree canopy, ban the construction of new dirty buildings and fund the conversion of existing ones, and increase regulation of industrial pollution.
Louisville Metro Government should pass an ordinance mandating that all city services and activities will be carbon neutral by 2030, including transit and public safety.
Louisville Metro Government should expand infrasructure for cycling, find new revenue for TARC, expand bus routes, and make public transit free at the point of service.
Louisville Metro Government should pass a resolution supporting a federal Green New Deal that aligns with DSA’s ecosocialist Green New Deal principles.
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