The European green deal has been an influential part of Europe’s bid to be the first climate-neutral continent in the world by the year 2050. The EU’s objectives are to achieve both an environmentally and socially sustainable “transition to a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy” with the help of measures contained in the green deal. Reducing emissions by 55% by the year 2030 (in comparison to 1990), has been set up as the main goal. The “Fit for 55” catalog of measures is still to be voted on by the EU parliament and EU member states.
Now, politicians around the globe are calling for similar measures, but on a global scale. They call themselves the “Global Alliance for a Green New Deal” who, taking into account the current climate situation and consequences from the COVID-19 pandemic, are striving for a green deal, which will enable a transition to a much more sustainable economy.
One of the alliance’s goals is to create a space in which “legislators can exchange experiences, inspire each other and thus increase the possibility of a real progressive change on a national and global level.”
21 members from 19 countries are part of the alliance
At the moment the alliance consists of 21 members hailing from 19 different countries. There are representatives from the EU Parliament, the US, Brazil, Argentina, Indonesia, and Malaysia. One of the six founders is Paola Vega from Costa Rica. She is chairman of the environmental committee in the Costa Rican Congress and a member of the economic and women’s committee in the congress.
The founding members also include the first indigenous woman ever to be elected federal MP in Brazil, Joenia Wapichana, the French co-chair of the left-wing parliamentary group in the European Parliament, Manon Aubry, and the US congressman for Minnesota, Ilhan Omar.