What is the Green New Deal?
In 2008, a group of leading economists and environmentalists, including the Green Party’s own Caroline Lucas, collaborated on a revolutionary concept that brought together social, economic and environmental justice, creating the first ever version of the Green new Deal.
Inspired by Roosevelt’s New Deal, which was formed during the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Green New Deal was written in response to the 2008 financial crisis here, with an aim of bringing equity and equality back to the forefront of the political agenda.
Since its creation, the Green Party’s Green New Deal has been absorbed and interpreted by numerous political parties including Labour and progressive democrats in the US, Canada and the EU.
The Green New Deal strives to enable a ‘Just Transition’ as an alternative to the carbon economy which currently dominates our planet and society. It is multifaceted: more than just an environmental solution. While environmentalism is at the heart of the Green New Deal, it is fundamentally a collation of interdependen solutions – transport, education, healthcare, justice, food, political reform, energy – that together underpin the basis of a fair, just and green society that benefits every individual and community, and brings the needs of our most vulnerable to the fore.
The Green New Deal is not an end goal or something we want to achieve by a certain arbitrary time. It is a way of life, and a set of guiding principles that are fluid and flexible, shifting as those in power change the underlying rules that govern our society.
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