Climate Change, Sustainability

Greener economy ‘not science fiction anymore’

March 24, 2020
By Michele W. Berger | Penn Today

Perry World House faculty affiliate David Aldana Cohen has recently published a new book, A Planet To Win: Why We Need A Green New Deal. Perry World House is funding the development of a workshop on this crucial issue.

Penn sociologist Daniel Aldana Cohen thinks the U.S. needs a radical Green New Deal, so much so that he and three colleagues wrote a book about it. 

“The age of climate gradualism is over, and in the 21st century all politics will be climate politics,” Cohen says. “Going all-out means that no matter who wins the presidential election, there are going to be both victories and defeats. It’s just guaranteed. We’re not going to win every legislative compromise we want to win. That’s why, in a way, we need such aggressive targets because we know we’re not going to hit them all.” 

A Planet to Win” arose organically after a series of interactions made it clear that Cohen and his co-authors—Kate Aronoff from The New Republic, Alyssa Battistoni of Harvard University, and Thea Riofrancos of Providence College—all felt the same about pushing for this economic and environmental movement. Though a broad Green New Deal would hit on a vast realm of factors, the researchers opted to focus on four in their book.

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