Join us in calling for a Global Green New Deal.
‘The answer to the question ‘how do we change the world?’ Isn’t in any of us individually, it’s in all of us, collectively.’ - Asad Rehman, War on Want
We are standing at a crossroads with a clear choice: tweak the same failing global systems in the face of irreversible climate crisis, increasing poverty and global inequality – or reimagine the world where protecting people and the planet come first.
For years we have known that our global economic system was broken. It protects the interests of the wealthy and powerful at the expense of the vast majority of people on this earth. It is built on centuries of injustice and extraction in which the lives of those in the Global South – people who are black, brown, indigenous, female, poor – are sacrificed in the pursuit of profit.
These policies continue to fuel the global economy and destroy the foundations of life on our planet. We are now in the grip of increasing climate and ecological breakdown, with frequent and intense climate impacts, a health pandemic and a crisis of inequality that are devastating the lives and livelihoods of millions of people.
We are in desperate need of a new way forward.
War on Want’s vision for a Global Green New Deal is rooted in the breadth and vision of the many initiatives already emerging in the Global North and South.
We must rapidly build an economy that works for people and the planet, moving away from systems of limitless extraction and exploitation, towards those of care and repair.
We need a Global Green New Deal that combines science and justice, in an ambitious transition away from the current status quo towards a bold ‘fair shares’ approach. It must lead the way for a broad societal transformation: a just energy transition, food sovereignty, fair taxation and financial reparations, decent and valued work for all, universal public services including health, a fair global economy, the redistribution of land, an end to state and corporate impunity – and the protection of people over borders.
In November, the UK will host the next UN climate conference, COP26. We are fast running out of time for inspiring solutions. A Global Green New Deal shouldn’t be an aspiration – it must be top of the task list for every intergovernmental meeting from here on out.
Add your name today to our call for a Global Green New Deal that puts people and planet first.