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What green new deals really mean

For many of us, a Green New Deal means AOC and Bernie Sanders in the U.S., fighting and advocating for a deal that has something to do with moving away from fossil fuels and toward green energy. But the reality is that green deals are not unique to North America, nor do they only relate to green energy. In fact, a Green New Deal is an economic as well as environmental movement the world over that sees world leaders intertwine the inclusion of green policies together with green jobs, economic equality and opportunities for all, implementing healthcare that sees us all equal and with that, educating the world around waste and green habits.

Rwanda and Ethiopia are going for it

Inspiring examples of this movement taking root is in Ethiopia and Rwanda, where green initiatives are being implemented and with them, thousands of new jobs created are just the beginning.

With COVID-19 only strengthening our world's desperate need to move toward global green deals, it's time we truly understand what this means so we can all begin supporting the leaders, advocates and activists who need us today.

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Innovation is there

Green factories, biophilic structures, more jobs!

Green policies will reshape labour markets in ways that create new opportunities for workers. According to a report by the OECD, a successful transition towards green growth can create new opportunities for workers, if the associated challenges are managed well.

Jobs will be created in green sectors, and jobs will be destroyed in their ‘brown’ counterparts with high environmental footprints; the knock-on effects on employment in other sectors can also be significant. The overall employment effects of green policies are still unclear; yet, the net effect will be much smaller than the gross number of jobs created.

In many ways, our ability to begin transitioning into green sectors is already there, and the opportunities are vast for new employment across the board, and innovation is rife! From the creation of new biophilic factories to implementing solar panels, wind turbines, the development of eco-friendly manufacturing across homeware, fashion and technology. The opportunities are endless and the world's brightest minds are ready: are you though?

Europe is ready

And yet somehow, the reality seems distant

The Green New Deal for Europe is a campaign launched in 2019 by the Democracy in Europe Movement (DiEM25), founded by former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and Croatian philosopher Srećko Horvat. The movement seeks to institute a “swift, just, and democratic transition to a sustainable Europe.”

Covering a vast array of topics and issues, The Green New Deal for Europe movement operates under 10 pillars, such as living costs, public services, job security, quality of life, natural disasters, involuntary migration, our past and our future.

However, despite the movement's efforts since founding in 2015, the Green New Deal for Europe movement remains largely unknown to the general public in Europe, particularly within Gen Zers and millennials who are driving the conversation around climate justice, equality and a reform to the politics we know today. We support the movement and leaders who emanate our hopes toward a just new world. Support the Green New Deal for Europe now.


Time for a Green New Deal for Europe!

by Yair Oded

Join the campaign for a Green New Deal for Europe and fight for an equitable, sustainable, and democratic future in Europe and beyond.
Green moves

The world should emulate Rwanda and Ethiopia on green economy

by Bob Koigi

Global governments’ commitment to fight pollutants and embrace a climate-resilient green economy has been lack-lustre and snail-paced.

On the road to a just world: Echoing Green funds social and environmental entrepreneurs

by Yair Oded

For over 30 years, Echoing Green, a prestigious fellowship programme, has been uplifting and supporting entrepreneurs seeking to tackle major social and environmental issues.

Planting trees one-by-one in fight against climate change

by Shadi Khan Saif

Facing the wrath of harsh climate change factors, Pakistan, country of over 200 million, is planting trees one-by-one till ten billion as one way of resilience.
Country profile

Ethiopia is a landlocked country situated in northeastern Africa, also known as the continent's 'horn'. Bordering Eritrea, Djibouti, Somaliland and Somalia, Keny, South Sudan and Sudan, it is the most populated landlocked country in the world, with 110 million citizens.

Bar a 5-year Italian rule during Mussolini's time, Ethiopia has remained uncolonised. The nation has been a symbol of independence during Africa's colonisation.

Christianity and Islam are the two major religions in the country and the four main languages spoken are Amharic, Oromo, Tigrinya, Somali. While its current Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been working to reduce domestic and neighbouring wars and conflicts since 2018, Ethiopia has suffered much violence and destruction under a Marxist dictatorship after the long monarchy rule Meles Zenawi was dismantled in 1991.

In 2019 the Nobel Peace Prize 2019 was awarded to Abiy Ahmed Ali "for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea."

Freedom of the press however remains shaky in Ethiopia, with most media controlled by the state and internet shutdowns or obstructions of service being not uncommon.