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Open Access Critical junctures of hope: how to bridge the gap between the necessary and the feasible?

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Reaction to L. P. Fesenfeld in GAIA 30/3 (2021): Glimmers of hope: A global Green New Deal is feasible


A Green New Deal is a necessary and viable tool to halt global heating while reducing socio-economic inequalities. Yet it is important to complement currently feasible designs like a Green New Deal with the removal of the remaining structural barriers to what is necessary in order to limit warming to 1.5 °C. A Green New Deal should focus on reducing energy demand while improving well-being. It needs to scale up public investment, while confronting fossil fuel dependencies and incumbent resistance.

Keywords: Green New Deal; climate policy; energy demand; inequality; wealth tax; well-being

Document Type: Commentary

Affiliations: University of Duisburg-Essen | Institute for Socio-Economics | Lotharstr. 65 | 47057 Duisburg | Germany

Publication date: March 31, 2022

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