Social justice

A green economy is one that allocates environmental benefits and costs fairly to achieve a more just and equitable society. Our coalition members share some practical thinking on how to ensure a socially just transition.

March, 2017
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REPORT: How can a green economy power the SDGs

Green Economy Coalition

In 2015, global leaders made a stand against poverty, environmental degradation and inequality. The signing of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change represent a new global consensus on sustainable development. 

Green economy approaches is a huge opportunity for powering the new global consensus. Yet, research shows that few green economy national plans make little or no reference to poor or marginalised people. 

The top findings: 

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March, 2017
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REPORT: How can a green economy power the SDGs?

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January, 2017
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The future of work in green economy

Moustapha Kamal Gueye - ILO

For the second time, the International Training Centre of the International Labor Organization vibrated to the rhythm of the Academy on the Green Economy. This year, the Academy brought together some 150 participants from 35 countries, in Turin, Italy.... Continue reading

October, 2016
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Inclusive green economy: racket or a symphony?

Emily Benson - Green Economy Coalition

The tiny South Korean island of Jeju has big ambitions: by 2030 it plans to be carbon free. The province is busily expanding solar and wind technology, installing renewable storage capacity and scaling up the number of charging stations for over 300,000 electric cars over the next fifteen years.

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August, 2016
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Why social inclusion matters for green growth

Chris Hopkins - Green Economy Coalition

Ordinary people in many parts of the developing world are feeling more and more left out. While hundreds of millions have been lifted out of extreme poverty since the 1990s, particularly in places like China and Latin America, many have stayed behind.

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August, 2016
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A Green Economy Must Be A Fair Economy First

Bill Kerry - Equality Trust

On Tuesday 26th July, I went along to the latest conference of the Green Economy Coalition (GEC) which was very informative and cautiously encouraging. The transition to a green world economy still has a very long way to go but the process is underway and gaining support all the time. The GEC itself is not getting carried away and has given a score of only 4/10 to the progress of the transition. That said, there has been some striking progress of late:

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June, 2016
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Tackling inequality is a game changer for business - which is why they ignore it

Erinch Sahan - Oxfam

Mention inequality to a business audience and one of two things happens. They recoil in discomfort, or reinterpret the term – as social sustainability or doing more business with people living in poverty. Same goes for the private sector development professionals in the aid community (e.g. the inclusive business crowd).

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June, 2016
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How cities are using the green economy to solve Europe’s employment crisis

Chris Hopkins - Green Economy Coalition

Europe is in the midst of an employment crisis. Many, and especially the most vulnerable people in our societies, are finding it extremely difficult to find jobs. The green sector, meanwhile, is among Europe’s most promising in terms of economic development. It has continued to grow despite the financial crisis and is expected to generate 20 million new jobs by 2020.

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May, 2016
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REPORT: Pro-Poor, Inclusive green growth. Experience and a New Agenda

Emily Benson - Green Economy Coalition

The Pro Poor, Inclusive Green Growth report demonstrates how green growth can address some of the drivers of poverty and social exclusion. Published by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in association with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Green Economy Coalition (GEC), the report stresses that to be effective green growth strategies will need to strengthen institutional and governance structures and respond to people’s needs.... Continue reading

May, 2016
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REPORT: Pro-Poor, Inclusive green growth. Experience and a New Agenda

Emily Benson - Green Economy Coalition

The Pro Poor, Inclusive Green Growth report demonstrates how green growth can address some of the drivers of poverty and social exclusion. Published by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in association with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Green Economy Coalition (GEC), the report stresses that to be effective green growth strategies will need to strengthen institutional and governance structures and respond to people’s needs.... Continue reading