Towards a Transatlantic Green New Deal

Temporary cover image A new report written by the Worldwatch Institute for the Heinrich Böll Foundation examines ways in which the current economic downturn is an opportunity to fight climate change while creating quality jobs. Following the report's German launch in Berlin last month, the English version of "Towards a Transatlantic Green New Deal: Tackling the Climate and Economic Crises" was discussed at an event in Washington, D.C., this week.

Worldwatch Senior Advisor for Programs Hilary French and Böll Foundation Executive Director Klaus Linsenmeier provided opening remarks, and Jurgen Trittin, Member of the German Parliament for Alliance 90/The Greens, delivered a keynote presentation.

Speaking to a packed audience on Capitol Hill, Trittin noted, "The key question for a green new deal is whether you can include economic and social costs in production and consumption. Only if you ensure that these are not externalized will you have a real market economy."

The panel discussion, led by Amy Fraenkel from the United Nations Foundation, featured report author and Worldwatch Senior Researcher Michael Renner as well as Michael Peck, Executive Director of the wind turbine company Gamesa, and Jurgen Trittin. Panelists discussed the findings of the new report and presented strategies to overcome today's joint environmental and economic crises and to create new green job opportunities for workers around the world.

"In the context of a green new deal we have the opportunity to not just make marginal improvements, but to take the bull by the horns and affect real change," said Renner.

To download the report, click here.