A Green New Deal: 100 Months to Save the World from Climate Change


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We've waxed poetic before about the need for a bold New Green Deal to help bring our economy out of the doldrums and into the next renewable Industrial Age. A new organization, appropriately named the Green New Deal Group, has picked up on this idea and is laying out an ambitious 100 month agenda that it says is necessary to prevent dangerous global warming, reports the BBC.Tackling the triple crisis of energy prices, the credit crunch and climate change
Comprising a number of experts from the fields of finance, energy and the environment, this group has issued a list of proposals that it claims will tackle the threats of high oil prices, climate change and the credit crisis. Its recommendations include:

- the creation of thousands of green collar jobs
- large investments in renewable energy
- making low-cost capital available to fund the UK's shift to a green economy

The group's members, which include the New Economics Foundation policy director Andrew Simms and former Friends of the Earth UK director Tony Juniper, among others, drew its inspiration from FDR's New Deal program, which was widely credited with turning around the U.S. economy following the Great Depression.

While it may not sound as ambitious in scope as former Vice President Al Gore's "generational challenge" speech, it certainly stands a better chance of being implemented and could serve as a model for other countries' green agendas. In an op-ed for the BBC, Andrew Simms explains that the plan that he and his colleagues have outlined will provide the first comprehensive approach to tackling the "triple crisis of credit collapse, oil prices and climate change":

The UK and the global economies are entering uncharted waters, and the weather forecast is not just bad, but appalling.

The triple crisis of credit collapse, oil prices and climate change is conjuring a perfect storm. Instead of desperate baling out, and in the absence of a joined-up plan from government, the Green New Deal is the first attempt to outline a comprehensive plan and a new course to navigate each obstacle in our path.

If successful, we also believe that emerging on the other side of the storm, we will find the world to be a better place. It is, at the very least, too important to fail.

At a time when the U.S. government is busy propping up "too big to fail" private firms and providing vital lifelines to others, it seems incongruous that it would refuse to do the same for our planet.

Via ::BBC News: '100 months to save the planet' (news website)

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