North Norfolk Labour Party passed the motion for the Green New Deal at the All Members meeting on June 20th 2019 in North Walsham. The motion was proposed by Mandy McKenna, Vice Chair and seconded by Martin Langsdon, Vice Chair/Membership. The motion can be seen here:-
The motion was passed unanimously. It has been submitted to the National Policy Forum by our CLP to be included for debate at Conference in September and if included and then passed will become part of Labour Party policy. We will update you here on its progress.
This was the text of Mandy McKenna’s proposal for the motion.
‘This is the BIG one. Climate Crisis is huge and scary but out of crisis comes opportunity and we need to be brave and take this on as an emergency.
This motion for the Green New Deal is all encompassing in terms of Labour’s future policies. It must now flow deeply through our next manifesto. The Climate Crisis requires a total rewiring of the economy. The Green New Deal is pragmatic about meeting the zero carbon target hard deadline of 2030.
The upsurge in climate activism by Extinction Rebellion, Climate School Strikes, Greta Thunberg, the IPCC, the UN and of course David Attenborough is finally impacting on public consciousness.
Labour is best placed of all political parties to deal with this crisis. It’s historic and institutional bond with the trade unions and the organised working class means that Labour’s Climate Policy will be accountable and where consultation will prevail with both workers, employers and consumers.
A Green New Deal can bind Labour Party members, Workers, Trade Unions, the Climate Movement, academia, vulnerable communities, civil society groups, local and central government in one shared purpose to save the planet for future generations.
I end with a quotation from Naomi Klein.
‘The real solutions to the climate crisis are also the best hope of building a more enlightened economic system, one that closes the deep inequalities, strengthens and transforms the public sphere, generates plentiful dignified work and radically reigns in corporate power.’