Who we are
The Green New Deal is a powerful and popular concept that many groups and individuals are organising around. No one group ‘owns’ this idea, but we all benefit from collaborating and coordinating across our different approaches.
Green New Deal UK is an independently registered non-profit organisation that campaigns for a Green New Deal in the UK. We provide an ‘organising hub’ to facilitate the efforts of ordinary people around the country who want to help campaign for change. While we are not party-political and do not campaign for or support any one political party, we do support groups working to radically transform the policies of political parties to support a Green New Deal.
We are working to increase widespread public awareness and support for the Green New Deal, while building a grassroots movement of campaigners and volunteers ready to drive the positive change we need. The Green New Deal UK movement is made of ordinary people calling for real solutions that match the scale of the challenge. Get involved for a Green New Deal today.
Organisations and individuals supporting the Green New Deal all agree to the below set of defining principles. They are designed for everyone in the movement to get behind, so we all share one vision and work together to make this a reality. Any true Green New Deal must follow these principles, which provide direction for policy-makers, without defining specific policies.
Contact us to sign up your organisation as a supporter today.
The Green New Deal is an ambitious ten-year national action plan to tackle climate breakdown in a way that improves peoples’ lives and builds a fairer, more democratic society and economy. The Green New Deal must:
- Totally decarbonise the economy of the United Kingdom in a way that enhances the lives of ordinary people, workers and communities and works to eliminate social and economic inequality.
- Create millions of new well-paid, secure, unionised jobs across the country guaranteeing healthy and fulfilling livelihoods for all workers, and communities including those in today’s high emissions sectors.
- Transform our economy so the financial system serves the needs of people and planet, with an accountable and democratic government in the driving seat. Our economy must work in the interest of everyone – with greater democratic participation, accountability and common ownership – empowering those communities currently marginalised and respecting natural ecological limits.
- Protect and restore vital habitats and carbon sinks, including forests and wild areas, and ensure the provision of clean water, air, green spaces and a healthy environment for all.
- Promote global justice by supporting all peoples and countries to decarbonise quickly and fairly, in line with timeframes set out by science. The Green New Deal will ensure the UK does its fair share to tackle climate breakdown – and more – to account for historic emissions and the exploitation of resources and communities, particularly those in the Global South.
Frequently asked questions
Isn’t the UK already doing enough to tackle climate breakdown?
There may be some good initiatives, but no government has done enough. Experts say we need to act now as global heating is quickly escalating out of control. The Green New Deal matches the scale of the climate challenge while improving everyday life.
What can I do? I’m only one person…
You can back the Green New Deal in a number of ways. Get involved as a volunteer in the Green New Deal movement, or email your MP and ask them to back the Green New Deal.
How much will the Green New Deal cost?
The Green New Deal involves significant investment to match the scale of the climate challenge. This will protect us from the worst impacts of climate change and improve everyday life. Research has shown that investing in climate progress will ultimately save us money – and more importantly limit the real dangers we are already facing.
Who will pay for the Green New Deal?
Funding the Green New Deal will ultimately depend on the government delivering it. A range of detailed models currently exist, all of which are designed to be fair, with peoples’ ability to pay in mind. New Green New Deal policies and regulation will also ensure that banks and the finance sector are tasked with funding climate solutions and progress, serving the public good – not just increasing capital for those with extreme wealth. To achieve real climate progress we must all work together.
What about other countries? If others don’t act we’ll be at a disadvantage, won’t we?
Change begins at home. With a Green New Deal, the UK can play a key role in climate change innovation.
This represents a real opportunity to boost our economy and take the UK into the future. We can drive real progress to raise the bar for others, and push for international cooperation to solve the definitive issue of our time.
Is this a socialist plan?
The Green New Deal is a mainstream plan for the whole country. We need to think beyond political tribalism – this is about real solutions that work for everyone. With a Green New Deal, everyone will have a role and a voice and every contribution will be fairly rewarded.
Will my job be affected?
For many people, the Green New Deal won’t directly affect what you do, but it may start to change how you do it – for the better. For example, the way in which we travel, and how often, may change, along with the technology we use, powered by clean energy.
Nobody will be left behind – the Green New Deal will ensure a fair transition for those currently working hard in high emissions sectors, such as oil and gas.
Will there be enough work?
There will be no shortage of work to tackle the problems we face. The GND will create whole new industries and well-paid jobs.
Isn’t the market better at solving climate change than the government?
To achieve the large-scale progress we need, we must rethink our economy and financial systems so that they support our ambitious climate goals. Currently, the market focuses on wealth generation with little or no consideration for the ‘high-risk’ climate impacts this creates. Instead of mass manufacturing and consumption, we need to manage the resources available to us in a way that minimises climate impacts and promotes climate progress. While we need entrepreneurs to lead a wave of climate change innovation, the market alone will not produce the solutions we need without government intervention.
How can we trust a government to deliver a Green New Deal?
The Green New Deal will be people-driven through greater democratic participation, with accountable government in the driving seat. UK citizens will play a key role in decision-making, based on fair and democratic processes we can trust