Molly Scott Cato will visit Bristol as part of a ‘Green New Deal tour’ of the South West region. She will bring together experts, politicians, academics and businesses to explore how a Green New Deal could transform the economy and environment of the South West by investing in clean energy and public transport, insulating homes, making farming more sustainable and protecting and restoring nature. The Bristol event will take place on 18th October and will involve cross-party speakers.
A Green New Deal aims to rapidly decarbonise the economy to tackle the climate emergency, eradicate inequality through public investment and create thousands of quality jobs in green sectors of the economy.
“Faced with a climate emergency and ecological collapse, we need to explore how we can move rapidly towards an economy and society that works with nature rather than against it while creating new quality jobs and tackling inequality.
“I am delighted that we will hold such a discussion in Bristol, where Green Party councillors led the first Climate Emergency declaration anywhere in the UK and Europe. With its European Green Capital legacy, Bristol has the resources and skills needed to implement a Green New Deal. It is a city that could be transformed by such a plan.”
The idea of a Green New Deal was inspired by Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal in the US in the 1930s. Green Party MP Caroline Lucas was one of a group of experts who developed the idea around 10 years ago and it has been central to Green Party policy for many years. European Greens have also championed the idea, sponsored a study in 2008 and the new EU Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, promised to establish a ‘European Green Deal’ in her first 100 days in office which bears some of the hallmarks of a Green New Deal.
Sandy Hore-Ruthven, Green Mayoral Candidate for Bristol has already pledged action on a Green New Deal for the city if elected. He said:
“Bristol has huge inequalities, pockets of deprivation and high unemployment. It also suffers from chronic air pollution and gridlocked streets. By making every home in Bristol a comfortable warm home and investing in public transport and renewable energy schemes, a Green New Deal can transform the city, creating new jobs in green sectors of the economy while improving the health and welfare of all residents.
“Bristol’s Labour council continue to say the right things on green jobs but are failing to follow through on action. We need leadership who are bold enough to deliver, for our economy and our environment.”