Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

ONE DAY left in this Mid-Year Campaign. This is our hour of need.
If you value independent journalism, please support Common Dreams.

Join the small group of generous readers who donate, keeping Common Dreams free for millions of people each year. Without your help, we won’t survive.

Green New Deal protesters outside the White House.

A young climate activist joins hundreds of fellow marchers as they walk to the White House to demand that U.S. President Joe Biden work to make the Green New Deal into law on June 28, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Global Alliance for a Green New Deal Launches Visionary Campaign for the World

"We don't have to wait for international agreements on the climate and nature crises," the new alliance states. "Change can happen now."

Andrea Germanos

A group of global politicians on Monday launched the Global Alliance for a Green New Deal to advance "the creation of a greener, fairer world where all people and the planet can flourish."

With founding members including U.S. Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Joênia Wapichan, Brazil’s first Indigenous congresswoman, the alliance of 21 politicians spanning all inhabited continents is focused on a truly transformative Covid-19 recovery and is calling on fellow lawmakers to help make their vision a reality.

"This is our moonshot moment, but this time it's about making a better life here on Earth."

The formal launch of the alliance, which can be seen here beginning at 2pm EST, follows the G7's June summit, which alliance members, and the global progressive movement more broadly, said failed to emerge with a sufficiently bold response to the climate crisis.

Monday's launch comes ahead of the November COP26 climate summit, but the months leading up to that Glasgow meeting, the alliance stresses, mustn't be a time of inaction.

"We don’t have to wait for international agreements on the climate and nature crises," the alliance states. "Change can happen now."

Hence the push for a global Green New Deal, which the alliance frames as "an interlinked package of policy measures" to overhaul "the way we travel, grow the food we eat, warm our homes, and power our lives," all while "reversing corrosive inequality."

"As lawmakers we pledge to do everything we can to advance a transformative Green New Deal, where we are and globally," the website for the alliance reads. "As the alliance gets underway, we will establish an advisory group drawn from members of civil society working for a Green New Deal around the world."

Rep. Omar, in a statement ahead of the launch, put the new alliance in the context of the extreme weather events currently affecting various parts of the world.

“Climate change is here and it is an existential threat to humanity," she said.

“We have already seen the horrifying repercussions of failing to act—wildfires raging across the West Coast, extreme hurricanes, heatwaves in Australia, and massive flooding around the world. Natural disasters like these will only get worse unless we act as a global community to counteract this devastation," said Omar, touting the alliance as a means to "bring transformative change to our international climate response."

Movements for a Green New Deal have emerged across the globe, including bills put forth in countries including the U.S. and South Korea. However, the alliance states, "None of these have yet resulted in a transformative package of policies that are simultaneously socially just and ecologically sufficient, despite significant advances. We will work to change that."

The alliance is calling on other lawmakers to sign on to a "Declaration for a Green New Deal" centered on five pillars that encompass financial and political systems, environmental and climate justice, and energy industries.

By signing the declaration, politicians commit to working for a Green New Deal that:

  • Builds an economy that delivers wellbeing for all of us;
  • Protects and enhances the Earth we share;
  • Creates a caring low-carbon society;
  • Shapes a fair multilateral system fit for the 21st Century; and
  • Secures environmental and racial justice, shaping a truly democratic future in which everyone has a role to play.

For UK Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, who introduced the first Green New Deal Bill to parliament and is a founding member of the alliance, global policymakers must seize the opportunity to chart a new course.

"Pledges and targets will not avert catastrophic climate change—ambitious action will, but it's been perilously absent. The world is running out of time and out of excuses," she said in a statement ahead of the alliance's launch.

"A Green New Deal wouldn't only avert the worst of the climate and nature crises," she said. "It would make everyday life better for the vast majority of people wherever they live in the world."

"This is our moonshot moment, but this time it's about making a better life here on Earth," said Lucas, "and the only way we can do that is by working together as never before."


Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

Just ONE DAY left in our crucial Mid-Year Campaign and we might not make it without your help.
Who funds our independent journalism? Readers like you who believe in our mission: To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. No corporate advertisers. No billionaire founder. Our non-partisan, nonprofit media model has only one source of revenue: The people who read and value this work and our mission. That's it.
And the model is simple: If everyone just gives whatever amount they can afford and think is reasonable—$3, $9, $29, or more—we can continue. If not enough do, we go dark.

All the small gifts add up to something otherwise impossible. Please join us today. Donate to Common Dreams. This is crunch time. We need you now.

As US Rolls Back Reproductive Rights, Sierra Leone Moves to Decriminalize Abortion

"I'm hopeful today's announcement gives activists in the U.S., and especially Black women given the shared history, a restored faith that change is possible and progress can be made."

Brett Wilkins ·


'Indefensible': Outrage as New Reporting Shines Light on Biden Deal With McConnell

The president has reportedly agreed to nominate an anti-abortion Republican to a lifetime judgeship. In exchange, McConnell has vowed to stop blocking two Biden picks for term-limited U.S. attorney posts.

Jake Johnson ·


Assange Makes Final Appeal Against US Extradition

"If Julian Assange is not free, neither are we," said a protester at a Friday demonstration against the WikiLeaks founder's impending transfer. "None of us is free."

Brett Wilkins ·


'Payoff for 40 Years of Dark Money': Supreme Court Delivers for Corporate America

"It was the conservative court's larger agenda to gut the regulatory state and decimate executive powers to protect Americans' health and safety," warned one expert.

Jake Johnson ·


NARAL Pro-Choice Endorses Fetterman—Who Vows to End Senate Filibuster to Protect Abortion Rights

"We know we can count on him to boldly fight for abortion rights and access," said the head of one of the nation's largest reproductive rights advocacy groups.

Jon Queally ·

Common Dreams Logo