London: Debate and Panel Discussion - Can an environmentally just Green New Deal target economic growth?

This event is organized by “Global Justice Now - Climate Action Working Group

Climate justice is inherently tied to economic justice, with our modern extractivist, growth-addicted economic model arguably fuelling the climate and ecological crises. But what does economic justice actually look like, and how can we push for it in the era of climate chaos?

Momentum is growing in the UK and the US for a ‘Green New Deal’ that seeks to tie together climate action and economic justice through massive state investment. But could such a programme simply exacerbate other ecological crises? Or further push the ecological burden of our consumption overseas? Can an economic system based on growth ever be environmentally just?

In an event to mark Global Degrowth Day on June 1st, we will explore the concept of degrowth and whether it’s necessary in the age of climate crisis, unpick the motivation for and economics behind the Green New Deal, and discuss how, or if, it could jumpstart our transition towards a sustainble green economy that works for everyone. For more information on degrowth and Green New Deals please see

The event will take the form of a relaxed debate and panel discussion with plenty of time for audience participation. Doors will open at 5.30 pm, with the debate starting at 6.30 pm and lasting until around 8.30 pm. However, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a drink.

Speakers include:

  • Grace Blakely, Economics Commentator at the New Statesman and Research Fellow on IPPR’s Commssion on Economic Justice
  • Dr Jason Hickel, Lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London and author of ‘The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions’
  • David Clarke, Head of Policy and Advocacy at Postive Money

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