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, Tony Juniper, Chair of Natural England, 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.
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’
Writing for the Progressive Economy Forum, Ann Pettifor argues that if we are to survive earth systems breakdown, we must begin by transforming the Treasury and removing the politicians that threaten the futures of today’s younger generations.
This letter was published in the Guardian on 14 May 2019: Your editorial (13 May) correctly states that Britain needs a Green New Deal now, and indeed in your letters page last autumn (10 September) our report detailing what form such a “jobs in every...
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).