A Green New Deal?

The Environment and Climate Change - Lecture 6

Lecturer: Harpreet Kaur Paul

25 Oct 2022

The connection between economic justice and climate action has been captured by narratives for a Green New Deal, particularly in the UK and US. In this session, we explore the extent to which these narratives address global injustices that have created the climate crisis, and which continue to expose those least responsible to the greatest climate harms.


  • Max Ajl, A People's Green New Deal, Pluto Press, 2021
  • Riccardo Mastini, Giorgos Kallis, Jason Hickel, A Green New Deal without growth?, Ecological Economics, Volume 179, 2021
  • Naomi Klein, On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal, Penguin, 2020
  • O’Neill, D.W., Fanning, A.L., Lamb, W.F. et al. A good life for all within planetary boundaries. Nat Sustain 1, 88–95 (2018).
  • Sam Adelman, and Louis J. Kotze, 'Environmental law and the unsustainability of sustainable development : a tale of disenchantment and of hope' (2022) Law and Critique
  • Mason-Case, Sarah, and Julia Dehm. “Redressing Historical Responsibility for the Unjust Precarities of Climate Change in the Present.” Chapter. In Debating Climate Law, edited by Benoit Mayer and Alexander Zahar, 170–89. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021.
  • Burkett, M. (2009). Climate Reparations. Melbourne Journal of International Law, 10(2), 509–542.


Questions for Discussion

  1. What are the limitations of pursuing nationally oriented Green New Deals?
  2. What challenges and opportunities are there for pursuing local, national, regional and global equity through responses to the climate crisis?
  3. Why are there concerns about rising eco-facism in response?