Who we are:

We are a diverse group of people who are quite concerned about our future on this planet. We cannot and do not want to simply stand by and watch a development that leads to millions of people starving, loosing their homes and their material belongings or dying due to environmental catastrophes. That's why we've been thinking about what should be done to change the course and what we can sensibly do to achieve such change. We are aware that there are many people who think in a similar way and are already working for change with incredible commitment. We have great respect for that. Nevertheless, we believe that there is a strategic gap in the current climate movement. 

It seems to us that many actors in the current climate movement are pursuing a strategy of drawing attention to the fact that our politicians are on a deadly course. Some groups use more extreme, some others more moderate means, and occasionally the criticism is underpinned with specific demands (speed limit, instant termination of coal extraction, etc.). But the message is more or less the same: things can't stay the way they are!

One thing is for sure: this form of protest and public criticism is super important. Without it, many people would probably not even think about the climate today. The current climate movement is like a fire alarm for our society. It is loud, unpleasant, and startling and makes it clear to everyone that our common house is on fire. But we are convinced: for a fire alarm to be effective, there has to be also an escape route that is clearly visible to everyone. Our current policy is nothing like this.

We have set out to show a possible escape route. We believe that the deficiencies in climate policy are not necessarily due to a lack of awareness of the problems or attention but are mainly related to a lack of creativity and a too limited perception of the range of political possibilities. The former German Chancellor Angela Merkel once said: "Politics is about what is possible". Indeed, most European governments are not ignorant of the climate crisis. They are familiar with the same scientific facts and numbers we are familiar with. But apparently, they think that in the face of tight budgets, the rise of right-wing parties and international crises and competition, nothing more is possible than what is currently being done.

We take a different view! We are convinced that much more is possible - that we can do what needs to be done to keep global warming below the target of the Paris agreement. In our view, the Green New Deal is a convincing political strategy that clearly points out, how a rapid, socially just and economically sustainable green transition could look like in practice. In our opinion, this is exactly the escape route sign that is missing in the debate about our burning planet. The aim of our initiative is to steer the discussion towards this escape route and to get our governments to lead us on the path of a Green New Deal.

We are neither associated with the DiEM25 movement, nor with any other party, company or institution. We are organized as an independent nonprofit association that is funded by small private donations. 

 

What we do:

Our initiative has two strategic periods. In the first period we want to revise, improve and further elaborate the concept of a Green New Deal fro Europe from the "Blueprint". There are various others concepts for a green transition for particular EU member states, which we will draw on as an inspiration for our work. The goal of the first period is to transform the "Blueprint for Europe´s Just transition" into a thoroughly revised, scientifically sound and detailed policy agenda that is ready to be discussed in the public debate. In practical terms, we form around 20 different working groups, each dedicated to a specific aspects of the Green New Deal (for example the Job Guarantee or a green energy infrastructure). Until April 2024, the working groups independently work on the specific problems and policy proposals that were assigned to them. In the end of this period they discuss the results of their work with leading scientists in the respective disciplines and contribute their work to the updated version of the Green New Deal for Europe.

Once the work of the first period is completed we will begin to contact all kinds of actors in politics and the civil society to present them our updated, elaborated version of a Green New Deal for Europe. Our vision is to build up a broad societal alliance, comprising parties, unions, NGOs, scientists, public institutions, as well as figures from sports and culture that places the idea of a Green New Deal in the centre of the public debate and stands up for its implementation. The development of this coalition requires a lot of networking behind the scenes, but since the Green New Deal is such a persuasive concept, we are confident to be successful in developing this coalition. Finally, we want to bring the idea of the Green New Deal to those who should be the actual stakeholders of the Green New Deal: the people. We want to span a network of thousands of local groups over Europe, where people are empowered and enabled to get active in shaping their future. A core idea of the Green New Deal is to transfer decision making power to communities and municipalities. The local groups are intended to be a platform, where people can get active and develop GND-projects for their village, their city or their region. 

If you are interested in the details of the two strategic periods, have a glimpse at our "roadmap for change" below. For more information about the organizational structure of our initiative, see the map in the end of this page.

We know that this is a very ambitious plan and that is why we need one thing very urgently: your help! 

We are a group of committed people united by the conviction that European climate, economic and social policy must be rethought and reformed with courage and creativity. We see ourselves as an open and inclusive movement in which there is room for everyone who wants to fight for a more just, sustainable and prosperous Europe. We reach out to people from all groups in our society to become part of this change.

Jonas Plattner

Jonas Plattner (Founder, Member of the Core Team)

  • from Stuttgart, Germany
  • 25 years old
  • student of International Relations and Philosophy at the University of Erfurt
  • Member of the german branch of the association "Rethinking Economics" and the heterodox economic think tank "Samuel Pufendorf Gesellschaft für politische Ökonomie" 
  • former intern at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action 

Philipp Cremer (Founder, Member of the Core Team)

I am Philipp, 21 years old and currently studying economics. I am very interested in politics and society and really started thinking about climate change in school when Fridays for Future started to grow in Germany. The last year felt like there were no real progresses anymore in climate action and politics. This made me feel helpless in a way and I started looking for a group to be part of the change and to try some different approaches. And just like this we found each other and started this project.
Next to studying I make a lot of music in different groups.

Merete Looft (Member of the Core Team)

I'm Merete, 25 years old and originally from a small village in Schleswig-Holstein (Germany). Recently, I finished my master in Public Policy and I am especially interested in questions of global development and how to create a green transition in a socially inclusive and just way. Moreover, I wrote my master thesis about the European Common Agriculture Policy and am ever since invested in how to reform the policy in a way that sets us on the path towards sustainable agricultural practices in the EU.

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