We recently received feedback from our international movement partners on point 4 of the platform which reads, “Climate-Smart, Sustainable Farms and Forests.” The term ‘climate-smart’ has been branded and co-opted by major corporations to mean increasing agricultural output, with little thought given to the ecological impacts and the impacts on farm workers. We used to term to refer to agricultural practices that do not lead to ecological disruption; organic, sustainable, local farming practices that don’t use poisonous chemicals and where farm workers are treated as equals and entitled to the fruits of their labor. Unfortunately, our allies in the Climate Justice Alliance informed us that the term ‘climate-smart agriculture’ does not represent the latter to the public. We wish to update the OGND to say explicitly what we mean, instead of using a term that our global allies have pointed out to us is a false solution.
We also want to take this opportunity to begin a larger engagement process for the OGND platform. OJTA has been working on member engagement for the platform so the many member bases are directly informing the platform. We created this Oregon Green New Deal survey of all the points under the OGND platform to help us gage where the understanding of each member-base is on the points outlined in the platform. That way we know which member bases need political education around some of the platform points and which member bases have a great understanding of other points and can serve as resources to provide member-informed feedback for the platform. Please share the link as we hope to gather substantial feedback by March 13th.
This is a teachable moment. When international communities stand in solidarity, and hold one another accountable with support and guidance, we truly have a climate justice movement centered around what we really need, not the top-down dictates of major corporations. We’re sorry for the mistake we made, and we’re proud to be an alliance that values humility and transparency.
Please, complete and share our survey to help us continue to shape the Oregon Green New Deal