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Green New Deal Realities: Insights from the US, Germany, and Beyond

Thursday, February 15, 2024 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Online: Zoom event


Join us for this event featuring Rhiana Gunn-Wright, Director of Climate Policy at the Roosevelt Institute, and Jonas Schaible, Reporter and Editor at Der Spiegel. Daniel Aldana Cohen, Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of California, Berkeley, will moderate. Gunn-Wright and Schaible will discuss American and German variants of green new deal policies and politics, paying close attention to success stories as well as political and technological roadblocks. Together, their analysis brings the broad transnational public support for green spending into focus, and they will highlight success stories in greening the economy in both countries. The speakers will also delve into the various challenges to green infrastructure--from fiscal conservatives' resistance to debt spending to the resurgence of radical rightwing movements in many parts of the world some of whom even call green policy "ecofascism." In conversation, our speakers will not only identify obstacles to GND implementation but also explore possible paths to a carbon neutral or even carbon negative economy.