Support is growing around the world for an integrated response to the current economic and environmental crises, increasingly referred to as the “Green New Deal.” The term is a modern-day variation of the U.S. New Deal, an ambitious effort launched by President Franklin Roosevelt to lift the United States out of the Great Depression. The New Deal of that era entailed a strong government role in economic planning and a series of stimulus packages launched between 1933 and 1938 that created jobs through ambitious governmental programs, including the construction of roads, trails, dams, and schools.
Today’s Green New Deal proposals are also premised on the importance of decisive governmental action, but incorporate policies to respond to pressing environmental challenges through a new paradigm of sustainable economic progress.
Table of contents:
5 Introduction: Environment and Economy at a Critical Juncture
7 A Green Stimulus?
10 Key Economic Sectors
11 Core Elements of a Global Green New Deal
22 Green New Deal, Green Employment
27 Conclusion: Seizing the Moment