Ben & Jerry's backs Green New Deal: 'We have to act now'

Ice cream company Ben & Jerry's on Thursday backed the Green New Deal, saying "we have to act now" to prevent climate change, which it described as an "unprecedented crisis."

"Today the world is facing an unprecedented crisis. If we don’t do something about it, life on earth as we know it will never be the same. But time is running out. We have to act now," the company wrote in a blog post.

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The Green New Deal is a plan that seeks to counter climate change by shifting the U.S. to renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions. The proposal was introduced in Congress earlier this year by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) as a pair of resolutions.

Ben & Jerry's has previously advocated for progressive policies, and the founders of the Vermont-based company endorsed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersIraq War looms over Trump battle with Iran 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Iowa Democrats brace for caucus turnout surge MORE (I-Vt.) ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

In Thursday's blog post, the company called the Green New Deal "a solution that’s as big as the challenges it addresses" and said the plan could "save the world."

"If we pull together now and get behind the Green New Deal’s big, bold, ambitious, and inclusive vision, we can not only save capitalism from itself, we can save the world—and ourselves. Contact your representatives today and urge them to cosponsor the Green New Deal," the blog post reads.