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The Green New Deal(s) the world needs now


Release of a webinar series by Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung with partners: The Green New Deal(s) the world needs now

Chapter 5: Planning for Transformation: Visions from China, Southeast Africa, and Western Europe

Organised by RLS Brussels, RLS Berlin, Transform, TNI


Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 5 PM CEST / 11 AM EST

In the current and post-Covid landscape – and with the planet roiled by crises, from climate inaction to soaring inequality and state violence – It is abundantly clear that planning is back on the political agenda worldwide. However, it is still far from clear what sort of planning this will be: authoritarian or democratic, reactionary or emancipatory.

The Green New Deal sets the ambitious goal of comprehensive transformation of production, infrastructure, lifestyle, supply chains, and international cooperation. Its main goals are to live and to work in a climate-neutral way, to preserve biodiversity, to drastically reduce social inequality both globally and in individual countries, granting citizen, workers and communities new forms of democratic control on social economic and political institutions.

A long-term green industrial policy and a revolution in care work together form the cornerstone of the socio-ecological transformation we so clearly need. This is the task for progressive and left forces across the world, and it is a task that must be achieved in a matter of decades.

To address this need, any Green New Deal must include a radical regulatory approach that combines centralisation with decentralisation, long-term planning with smaller-scale initiatives and innovation and the expansion of public ownership and state control on the economy with the strengthening of democratic self-administration and broad participation.

This webinar will discuss the historical experiences, current challenges and diverse approaches to planning for the Green New Deal(s) we need now, with views from China, Southeast Africa and Western Europe.


  • Jane S. Nalunga (Country Director of the Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute, Kampala)
  • Qingzhi Huan (Head of the Peking Centre for Environmental Politics Research at the Research Institute of the Institute of Marxism, Peking University)
  • Hilary Wainwright (Editor of Red Pepper Magazine and Fellow of the Transnational Institute, Amsterdam)


Michael Brie (President of the Scientific Advisory Board of Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Berlin)