The Green New Deal is a bold plan to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero while meeting the country’s energy needs through clean, renewable resources, by 2030. But critics and even some supporters want to know: “How are you going to pay for that?’’

That’s the title of a community discussion that the Pima County Democratic Party, with Real Progressives, University of Arizona Young Democrats, Citizens for Climate Lobby, The Arizona Ground Game, and Sunrise Movement are hosting at the U of A’s Institute of the Environment on May 22. Leading the discussion about how to pay for the Green New Deal: Dr. Fadhel Kaboub, a Denison University associate professor of economics and president of the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. Kaboub belongs to Economists for Full Employment, the Association for Evolutionary Economics, and the Union for Radical Political Economics.

The event, 6 pm – 9 pm at the Institute’s ENR2 building, 1064 E. Lowell St., room N120, is free and open to the public.

The United Nations Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services recently reported that at least 1 million species face extinction due to human-caused habitat reduction, climate change and global warming. At least 97 percent of climate scientists agree that humans have caused the planet to heat up at a dangerous rate, putting millions of species at risk, including ourselves.

That’s where the Green New Deal comes in. It isn’t a legislative proposal, but an aspirational statement that recognizes the dangers of human-caused climate change and the need to reverse it.

“Dr. Kaboub dispels the lies and explains how we can pay for a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and College for All – today – without inflation,’’ said PCDP Chair Alison Jones. “Learn more about these progressive proposals and why we can’t afford to not implement them.’’

How Are You Going to Pay for That? Wednesday, May 22, 6 pm – 9 pm University of Arizona Institute of the Environment 1064 E. Lowell St., ENR2, rm. N120, Tucson, AZ 85719 Space is limited, so reserve a seat here: https://www.facebook.com/events/995192020871651/

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