Glendon Global Debate explores public investments in climate change

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Join the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs and the School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s University on March 4 to engage in an online discussion about bold ideas to address climate change.This instalment of the Glendon Global Debate series, titled “A Green New Deal for All,” will run at 5:30 p.m. and feature panel members Winona LaDuke, internationally renowned writer, speaker and activist focused on environmental justice and Indigenous rights; Frances Roberts-Gregory, feminist political ecologist from the University of California, Berkeley; and Seth Klein, author of A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency.

The discussion will be moderated by Kyla Tienhaara, Canada Research Chair in Economy and Environment at Queen’s University.

A Green New Deal provides a pathway for addressing the greatest crisis of our time, climate change, while also ensuring greater equality and a reduction in poverty through massive public investment in clean energy and good jobs.

While earlier versions of the Green New Deal focused on technological interventions and public investments in clean energy, today’s proposals are more transformational and focus on environmental and social justice. They call for investments in technology and infrastructure, but also highlight the structural inequality that is endemic in the current economic system and seek to address it. For example, the U.S. Green New Deal includes universal health care and a job guarantee. The Canadian proposal has a strong focus on upholding the rights of Indigenous peoples, many of whom are at the frontline of the resistance to contentious resource projects.

Join the discussion to explore how a Green New Deal can build a better society for all, and how to ensure a Green New Deal is justice-oriented and leads to social and economic transformation.

Register here for this event.