10 Pillars of the Green New Deal for Europe



THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ELECTIONS delivered a clear mandate to incoming MEPs: confront the climate and ecological emergencies.

In Europe, as in the US, the Green New Deal offers a way to think through these pressing challenges.

But as AOC points out, not every environmental policy counts as a “Green New Deal.”

To qualify, environmental policies must do more than tax and tinker: They must transform, creating an economy that is more prosperous, more just, and more sustainable than ever before.

As the new European Parliament prepares to take its seat, beware: a Green New Deal must live up to these 10 basic pillars — or it is not a Green New Deal at all.

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Summary

PILLAR 1 MEETING THE SCALE OF THE CHALLENGE

The science is clear: We must limit the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees and reverse the collapse of our ecosystems, or risk it all.

PILLAR 2 PRESSING IDLE RESOURCES INTO PUBLIC SERVICE

The Green New Deal calls on public institutions to drive the economic and ecological transformation. The burden of our transition should not fall on the shoulders of working families.

PILLAR 3 EMPOWERING CITIZENS & THEIR COMMUNITIES

Europe’s green transition will not be top-down. It must empower citizens and their communities to make the decisions that shape their future.

PILLAR 4 GUARANTEEING DECENT JOBS

The Green New Deal for Europe provides a decent job to all those who seek one.

PILLAR 5 RAISING THE STANDARD OF LIVING

The Green New Deal for Europe lifts all communities towards greater prosperity, security and liberty.

PILLAR 6 ENTRENCHING EQUALITY

The Green New Deal combats financialization and entrenches equality at the heart of Europe.

PILLAR 7 INVESTING IN THE FUTURE

The Green New Deal is more than an environmental adjustment programme. It is an investment in the future of our societies, and an opportunity to reimagine it.

PILLAR 8 ENDING THE DOGMA OF ENDLESS GROWTH

We must abandon GDP growth as the primary measure of progress. Instead, we need to focus on what matters: health, happiness and the environment.

PILLAR 9 SUPPORTING CLIMATE JUSTICE AROUND THE WORLD

The environmental crisis is global in scope, and the Green New Deal must be, too. Europe must support others in combating environmental destruction and the supply chains that power Europe’s green transition must be grounded in principles of justice.

PILLAR 10 COMMITTING TO ACTION TODAY

The Green New Deal is not a framework, a treaty or an agreement. It is a set of concrete actions that move us quickly towards our climate goals.


Help us change Europe

THESE ARE OUR 10 PILLARS FOR THE GREEN NEW DEAL FOR EUROPE. But, because our green transition must be inclusive, we are opening our paper to all views. Together, we can articulate a clear vision for the future of Europe—and the world.

Send any comments to:

DAVID ADLER
Campaign Coordinator
david.adler@gndforeurope.com

PAWEL WARGAN
Campaign Coordinator
pawel.wargan@gndforeurope.com