From summer heatwaves to winter flooding, wildfires to hurricanes – the impacts of climate breakdown can no longer be ignored.
Here in the UK and around the world, the communities being hardest hit are those already struggling and who are least responsible for climate breakdown – especially poor and working class people and communities of colour.
Coronavirus has laid bare the shocking scale of inequality and poverty we live with. After this pandemic, we can’t just go back to business as usual – to a system that puts the profits of a few above a safe climate and the health and wellbeing of us all.
It’s time we took a different path. It’s time for a Green New Deal.
The Green New Deal is a ten year game-changing government plan to tackle climate breakdown and build a world where all of us can thrive. It’s a plan to:
Rapidly cut our emissions by transitioning to an economy based on 100% clean energy
Create millions of secure and well-paid jobs that benefit our communities and cut carbon, and guaranteeing a good livelihood for workers in today’s high-carbon sectors
Transform the economy so it serves the needs of people, with more democratic ownership, better financial regulation and expanded public services for all
Protect and restore ecosystems ensuring a healthy environment for all
Promote global justice by ensuring the UK does it’s fair share to tackle climate breakdown, and supports low income countries to do the same.
We have the resources to achieve these things, and we know that the majority of people are behind us. But right now, we’re being held back from this future by the tiny minority who benefit from keeping things as they are, and by politicians who serve their interests ahead of ours.
The Green New Deal Bill has been introduced in parliament by a group of supportive MPs as the first step towards winning a Green New Deal. The Bill itself won’t deliver the entirety of what we need but it’s a first step, and gathering support for it among MPs is crucial to our plan to win.
The Green New Deal is a big and ambitious government plan: we know winning it won’t be easy. But history shows that with two key ingredients, we can achieve big and ambitious things.
To win a Green New Deal we need:
People power: a large, diverse, vocal and active base of public support
Political power: a critical mass of supportive politicians.
We know that winning a Green New Deal will be harder under a hostile government. But we don’t have time to wait around. By focusing on building a powerful base of support, we set the stage for the Green New Deal to be won as quickly as possible.
Here’s how we’ll do it:
Build a powerful movement of young people in every town and city that win community support and put pressure on our political representatives
Come together for actions that spread our message and demonstrate the scale of our support Tell a powerful story that brings the Green New Deal to life and inspires people to action
Build pressure in parliament by lobbying politicians and fighting for policies that lay the groundwork for the Green New Deal.
History shows that we can’t sit back and rely on politicians to deliver the Green New Deal by themselves – the kind of change we’re calling for needs people to stand up and fight for it.
The movement for a Green New Deal is growing and everyone has a role to play. We know the majority is already on our side; if we unite in our masses – we can turn that into a power no politician can ignore.
Right now, there are three key ways you can get involved in fighting for the Green New Deal:
If you’re under 35 years old, you can get involved in Green New Deal Rising – the nationwide youth movement campaigning for a Green New Deal. The best way to find out what’s coming up is to join the GND Rising email list.
Sign our petition to show your support for the Green New Deal – this will also add you to our mailing list so we can keep you in the loop with the campaign
The Green New Deal is named after the New Deal – a US government programme created in the 1930s as a response to the Great Depression that invested in huge job creation and infrastructure programmes, as well as introducing new laws that regulated finance and built a social safety net.
It’s important to emphasise that the Green New Deal is not a single government policy or law – though it will require the passing of many individual laws. Rather, it’s an agenda for the whole of government – shaping what government does across departments and sectors and how it spends money.
That might sound big, and that’s because it is – the Green New Deal is an ambitious plan at a massive scale. But to tackle climate breakdown and build an economy that works for all of us, tinkering round the edges simply isn’t an option.
There are currently no proposals coming from our government that come close to the ambition and scale of the Green New Deal. However there are people working in parliament to push for a Green New Deal. This comprehensive report from the Green New Deal Group (a group of MPs, economists, journalists and climate advisors) accompanies a Bill currently seeking support from MPs.
A number of think-tanks have also done lots of work building comprehensive policy papers on what the Green New Deal would look like, how to make it happen, how to pay for it, and more. Check out some of their work here:
Working with the movement and our partners, we have some ambitious plans for 2022 – including a huge programme of trainings, actions up and down the country, and new research on what a Green New Deal would mean in the UK.
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350.org is one of many organisations who are part of the movement for a Green New Deal in the UK. We’re working in partnership with Green New Deal UK on our plan to grow the movement and have campaigned alongside youth strikers among others.