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Around the world governments are intervening in the economy in ways that would have once seemed unimaginable. This blog thread explores the responses to the pandemic emerging around the world, and the policy proposals and practical approaches that might see us emerge, re-set and equipped to respond to the interlinked crises in climate, nature and inequality.

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The challenge we are currently facing is unprecedented in its scale, nature and impact. Around the world governments are intervening in the economy in ways that would have once seemed unimaginable. This blog explores the responses to the pandemic emerging around the world, and explores the policy proposals and approaches that might see us emerge, re-set and equipped to respond to the crises in climate, nature and inequality

A day in the life of the Green New Deal

As Boris Johnson bolts on a few buses and cycle lanes to sweeten the pill of the vastly expensive HS2 rail project, the first phase of which is unlikely to open for over a decade, many are waking up to the need for much faster action on the climate emergency. In this piece adapted from a contribution to the report The Green New Deal: A bill to make it happen, Andrew Simms pictures a day in the life of the Green New Deal.

Sainsbury’s plan for net zero-carbon ignores all the emissions that they enable – and that’s not good enough

Richard Murphy explores Sainsbury’s announcement that it will go carbon neutral by 2040, and finds a hole in the accounts. “Sainsbury’s cannot say they will be carbon neutral by simply ignoring the consequences of its own actions. Doing so is, in fact, is a caricature of the denial implicit in the whole climate crisis to date, where it has always been pretended that emissions are an externality and someone else’s problem. They’re not.”

Investment in the Green New Deal could revitalise democracy

A massive green investment programme in energy-efficiency would generate jobs in every constituency and result in “democracy in action”, since it would require the involvement of every household and local community, with the practical perks of improved living conditions and reduced bills. Since the general public lack trust or optimism that politicians can really improve people’s lives, this approach should garner all-party support. says Colin Hines in a letter to the Guardian.

From emergency declarations to practical action

Across the world, national and local governments are declaring a climate emergency on the back of dire warnings from UN scientists about the need for urgent and far-reaching action.

Green New Deal Group Member and coordinator of the Rapid Transition Alliance, Andrew Simms, explores the initiatives around the world that are setting our to turn declarations into action.

The Case for the Green New Deal by Ann Pettifor; On Fire by Naomi Klein – review

Writing in the Guardian, journalist Zoe Williams reviews Ann Pettifor’s The Case for the Green New Deal.

“Pettifor delivers a sober, technical but readable account of the framework, as she – among a handful of economists and/or environmentalists, including Richard Murphy (the main architect of Corbyn’s 2015 programme), Larry Elliott (the Guardian’s economics editor) and Jeremy Leggett (solar entrepreneur) laid it out more than a decade ago.”

Funding energy efficiency needs to become a central climate policy for a successful COP in Glasgow

Writing for Green Alliance, Colin Hines makes the case that an ambitious ’30 by 30′ programme to make the UK’s homes and other buildings energy efficient could be key to success at the 2020 Climate Change talks, hosted by the UK in Glasgow in November. Improving living conditions by making all homes and buildings energy efficient, eventually reducing the UK’s carbon emissions by up to 40 per cent, should be the target trumpeted at the Glasgow climate talks as the host country’s major contribution to addressing the climate emergency.

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