MP for Norwich South Clive Lewis and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and Labour Shadow Treasury Minister for Sustainable Economics have tabled a Private Members’ Bill that would require the government to enact a Green New Deal.
Tabled towards the end of March, the Decarbonisation and Economic Strategy Bill would require the government to “introduce a radical 10-year strategy for public investment designed to decarbonise the economy and eradicate inequality”. This would be achieved through strict environmental regulations and empowering communities and workers to transition from high-carbon to low and zero-carbon industries.
A Green New Deal would involve “huge investment” in clean energy, warm homes and affordable public transport. Lewis said: “We must cut carbon emissions by 50%, within a decade, to avoid climate breakdown. As climate strikers warn us, the planet will not wait.”