The Green New Deal
The global economy faces multiple, linked crises. It is a combination of accelerating climate breakdown driven by fossil fuel use, corrosive inequality, and debt-fuelled over-consumption by a global minority pushing us beyond planetary ecological boundaries. These overlapping factors threaten to develop into a perfect storm making social collapse highly likely. To help prevent this from happening, and to lay the foundations of the economic systems of the future, we need a Green New Deal.
There is still time. Act now and a positive course of action based on the framework set out in the Green New Deal can pull the world back from economic and environmental meltdown.
About the group
Meeting since early 2007, the membership of the Green New Deal Group is drawn to reflect a wide range of expertise relating to the financial, energy and environmental crises. The views and recommendations of the Green New Deal report, first published in July 2008 and in successive elaborations, are those of the group writing in their individual capacities.
The Green New Deal Group is, in alphabetical order:
Larry Elliott, Economics Editor of the Guardian, Colin Hines, Co-Director of Finance for the Future, former head of Greenpeace International’s Economics Unit, Jeremy Leggett, founder of Solarcentury and SolarAid, Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP, Richard Murphy, Professor of Practice, City University, Director Tax Research LLP, Ann Pettifor, Director, Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME), Charles Secrett, Advisor on Sustainable Development, former Director of Friends of the Earth, Andrew Simms, Co-Director, New Weather Institute; Coordinator, The Rapid Transition Alliance, Assistant Director, Scientists for Global Responsibility. Geoff Tily Senior Economist, TUC.
Published on 8th October 2019, by Verso, Green New Deal Group member Ann Pettifor’s book, The Case for the Green New Deal, explains what the Green New Deal is and, most importantly, shows how we can pay for it.
The Urbanist podcast talked to Green New Deal Group member Andrew Simms about origins of the Group, their 2008 report, the challenges that inspired it and the principles that underpin it. Andrew explores the way it is taking off now and asks whether we can take advantage of the revival of interest in the Green New Deal from the US to Europe and the UK.
Writing for Brave New Europe Colin Hines explores ideas for kick-starting a Green New Deal where it is needed most, including the idea of a ‘Green New Deal Northern Powerhouse’
The Green New Deal Group’s first report, A Green New Deal, was published on behalf of the Green New Deal Group by nef (the new economics foundation).