Legislators Announce a California Green New Deal

The bill would work in a manner similar to the way A.B. 32 and S.B. 32  addressed climate change: by creating targets, with deadlines, on a variety of issues related to climate change, the environment, and social equity. The details have yet to be worked out, but the targets will address emissions, the environment, public health, housing, and systemic racial injustice, “to ensure all California residents enjoy a 21st century standard of living without regard to their wealth or income,” according to the bill’s draft language.

The bill’s authors say A.B. 1839 recognizes that all Californians have the right to clean air and water, and healthy food–and that access has not been experienced equally throughout the state’s communities.