(The following was originally published in PRI )
In a wide-ranging interview with Living on Earth’s Steve Curwood, Dr. Jill Stein, the 2016 Green Party nominee for president of the United States, discusses her “Green New Deal” to avert a climate emergency, why she participated in the Dakota Access Pipeline protests and her plans to scale back military spending.
CURWOOD: What are the Green Party’s core values, and why was it created?
STEIN: Our focus is on [being] a party of justice for a world of justice. We put people, planet and peace over profit, and we recognize that people, planet and peace all depend on each other. You could say that we are the party of environmental justice, worker justice, racial justice, women’s and LGBTQ justice, immigrant justice and sustainability, which is essentially justice for future generations.
We are the one political party that does not take money from lobbying interests or from corporate interests, and we do not have a SuperPAC. So you could say that we are the one campaign that actually has the liberty to stand up for what the American people are clamoring for. In a nutshell, we call for an emergency jobs program to solve the emergency of climate change and to bring them together in a Green New Deal, like the New Deal that got us out of the Great Depression.
CURWOOD: How many jobs would the Green New Deal create, how long would it take, why is this plan an emergency, and how do you plan to accomplish all of this?