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A radical Green New Deal?
19 June 2019 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
As awareness heightens of the existential threat posed by climate breakdown to human life, many on the left have taken up the cry of a “Green New Deal” (GND). As a concept, the GND is a powerful fusion of calls for real action on climate with a concurrent demand for industrial investment in decent jobs and habitable communities.
That said, the concept of the GND comes in for criticism from a number of angles. For instance, many eco-Marxist commentators are sceptical that any plan staked on delivering economic growth can ever fully be decoupled from environmental devastation. Moreover, the political path to its implementation still seems opaque, and it is not clear how GND campaigns can circumvent a potentially disastrous reliance on managerial and economic elites.
Join North London rs21 for a discussion on the politics of the GND and whether it can be made into a focal point for much broader demands for liberation and redistribution.
As ever, we will kick off our meeting by discussing a couple of texts on the issue in question. However, not having read these will not be a barrier to taking part!
In this longer piece for Viewpoint Magazine, Thea Riofrancos argues that the left must take the necessity of decarbonisation seriously, and therefore approach the Green New Deal as a terrain of struggle rather than as merely a policy initiative.
In this shorter article for Jacobin, Tithi Bhattacharya looks at the much broader struggles – both in the workplace and at community level – for which the politics of the GND can become a focal point.
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