Individual Paper: The Global Green New Deal: Strategies for an Alternative Growth
The Tanaloa Dialogue and Climate Justice for a New Sustainable Development
This paper aims to explore, from a political ecology and critical geopolitics perspective, the origins and current relevance of the concept known as "Green New Deal" in the international climate change debate, since the early days of the Kyoto Protocol to the recent strategies for the deployment of the Paris Agreement and the fairness in terms of climate justice between the Developed North and the Global South.
Focusing on the inter-state interactions, the United Nations (UN) recently opened the Talanoa Dialogue Portal, as an attempt to aim for higher climate ambition in which countries will check progress and seek to increase global ambition to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Dialogue was launched at the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn in November 2017 and will run throughout 2018. The Paris Agreement's central goal is keep the global average temperature rise to below 2C degrees and as close as possible to 1.5C.
This research will critically engage with the notions of capitalist growth and development embedded in the Tanaloa approach and will question whether or not current global ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to prepare societies to resist increasing climate change is not enough to achieve this under the current national climate action plans known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Analyzing the relations between the NDCs, the SDGs and the strategies involving a degrowth of economy in orthodox terms -or of alternative growth to the ruling paradigm towards a realistic sustainable development- this essay will try to throw some light on the agenda for the oncoming twenty-fourth Conference of the Parties (COP24) that will take place in Katowice in December 2018 and to comprehend if truly the Tanaloa Dialogue proposal is a feasible way towards a Global Green New Deal.
Start time: 11:30
Room: ABF (209)
Track: Climate Change, Climate and Environmental Justice