In the media

When 14 million homes and businesses switched fuel in less than a decade

In 2019 the UK’s official advisor, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), warned that the nation’s homes were ‘unfit for the challenges of climate change’. Writing for the Rapid Transition Alliance, Green New Deal Group member Andrew Simms explores the switch from ‘town gas’ to ‘natural gas’ to see what lessons we might learn for transforming our homes with a Green New Deal to meet the challenges of climate breakdown.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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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A European Green New Deal to tackle climate change

The huge increase in support for a Green New Deal in Europe and the United States has led many groups, old and new, to clamour for such an initiative. Pamphlets have been written, placards designed, marches planned, but there is often a lack of detailed policies. Now we need practical policies to make it happen, says Green New Deal Group member Colin Hines.

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How the Green New Deal was born

Eleven years ago, a group of economists and green thinkers sketched a radical plan to transform the economy and protect the environment. Today, their ideas have been embraced by Labour and US Democrats. Journalist Hettie O’Brien, interviewed Green New Deal Group member Ann Pettifor on the history and trajectory of the Green New Deal for The New Statesman.

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At last there’s real hope for meaningful climate action

It’s been more than 10 years in the making, and is the top demand of the youth strikers gathering on Friday for the UK’s largest ever climate protest – which is why Friday is also the first attempt in Britain to put legislation in place to make a Green New Deal a reality for our country. Working with the Labour MP Clive Lewis, I am launching the full version of a Green New Deal bill (formal title, the decarbonisation and economic strategy bill), which sets out a transformative programme driven by the principles of justice and equity.

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