In 2020 the World Economic Forum ranked climate change as the biggest risk to economy and society. It is our responsibility as citizens of this world to take politics seriously and push as many of the existing plans available into action. For us to ensure the future of our species and all life on this planet, we need to work together on both sides of the political spectrum, continuing to respond to crisis with collective action, with one foot in grassroots action, and the other in our local, then national, then global politics.
The Green New Deal is a comprehensive 10-year plan which aims to deliver fast and fair transformation of economy and society, providing abundance to everyone equally while progressively protecting the living planet from the grips of human gluttony and greed.
To coincide, they plan to help industry by helping it re form to embody a circular, low carbon economy. To aid in that transition to the green industrial revolution, £2 billion a year will be invested in training and skills to help people access the new, quality, well-paid, secure jobs created from investment in new technology and renewable energy in every corner of the country. Ensuring no one gets left behind.
To help tackle poverty and enhance financial security, this also means introducing a Universal Basic Income (UBI) paid to all residents, which will transform the social welfare system through unconditional financial payment to everyone at levels above their subsistence needs, challenging how work is valued and opening doors of opportunity to everyone which might otherwise be out of reach.
Access to healthy, culturally appropriate food, produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, should be considered a base human right in the countries we live in, as well as the countries we import our food from.
The heart of our food production needs to have place-based integration of agroecology principles which integrate with wildlife conservation, are for the soil, water, energy and climate, supporting the biosphere, food sovereignty and the livelihoods and communities of farmers, farmworkers and fisherfolk. By working to revive small-medium scale food cultivation in our communities, through community support and co-operative farms, we can bring people to the land and land to the people simultaneously. Over the coming week, we will share some community-led solutions already existing in England and Wales, in addition, we would love it if you can tag your favourite community-led food sovereignty programs near you, so we can amplify their voices and ideas too.
Social justice and environmental justice are intrinsically linked, and the imbalances created by degenerative policy has cast the climate into chaos and curated corrosive levels of inequality.
The Green Party is committed to tackling discrimination by reversing austerity, funding public services, ending the war on drugs, creating compassionate migrant policy, enhancing indigenous rights and autonomy worldwide, decolonising the school curriculum, and amplifying education and programmes which lift up the rights and lives of BIPOC / BAME and LGBTIQA+ communities.
Our current economic system is destroying our planet’s capacity to sustain life, putting our economy, climate and society at risk of chaotic collapse. The green industrial revolution and tax reforms outlined in their manifesto will create an economy which delivers prosperity free of consumptive GDP growth.
The Green Party’s Green New Deal is basically a roadmap on how to tackle climate and ecological breakdown at the scale and speed set out by science, for the total elimination of carbon emissions by 2030.
Throughout the manifesto, The Green Party makes clear they are (and always have been) aiming to fix our broken democracy by sharing power and wealth equally.
Their commitment to the implementation of Citizens’ Assemblies will ensure democratic decision making here in the UK (and abroad) is representative of all peoples in this beautifully diverse nation, as well as peoples who live in countries affected by the decisions made on these islands. If implemented and practised properly, Citizens’ Assemblies hold the power to unleash a revolution in democracy that lifts up everyone, nature and wildlife included, equally.