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Our world is in a state of flux, with the rise of the far right challenging political the political order on a global scale. This is a time in which we need bold Green ideas more than ever.
Recent events have upended the standard political order, creating a huge range of economic, social, environmental, and political challenges. Following the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, global economies have struggled to recover. Austerity, alongside doggedly high unemployment and inequality have created a deepening sense of global insecurity. With this we have seen dramatic changes in the political order. Most worryingly these shifts have seen a growth in far right wing populist parties, exploiting economic anxieties through fears of floods of refugees.
We live in a time of serious challenges, and as a broad ‘left’ we are, in many ways, struggling to come up with the answers. Green Agenda involves starting a conversation to help us find these answers. Green Agenda is a broad green publishing project, designed to bring us the big ‘green’ ideas that can help us deal with the modern world.
Whilst the right of Trump, Hanson, and Farage have effectively channelled economic and environmental insecurities into anti-immigrant and anti-political sentiment, many left-wing parties and organisations have relied too heavily on old styles of politics to deal with these concurrent crises. We have invested heavily in the “big P” politics of old at the very time when people are turning away from these political institutions. However, we at Green Agenda believe that these concurrent crises and instabilities offer the left an opportunity to rethink. The crisis in the authority of mainstream politics and parties gives us a real opportunity to think about alternatives to our economic, social, and political systems.
Through Green Agenda we want to rethink this agenda and develop these alternatives. Green thinking is responsive to the challenges of our contemporary world and is underpinned by the beliefs found in the four pillars of the green movement around the world: ecological sustainability, social and economic justice, peace and nonviolence, and participatory democracy.
Contributions to Green Agenda are welcome from anyone who shares an interest in green ideas. Green Agenda also welcomes comments and engagement with all our content. Short comments can be made in the comments thread. We also encourage longer thoughtful responses to the essays. You can submit an idea for an essay or a response to a published essay.
Simon Copland is a freelance writer and climate campaigner. He recently worked for the climate organisation 350.org. Simon grew up in Canberra and is currently living in Edinburgh.
Felicity Gray is a PhD scholar and writer, focusing on nonviolence, conflict and the protection of civilians. She has previously worked as an adviser in federal politics.
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