About the Group
As in past times of crises, disparate groups have come together to propose a new solution to an epochal challenge. The Green New Deal Group, drew inspiration from the tone of President Roosevelt’s comprehensive response to the Great Depression to propose a modernised version, a ‘Green New Deal’ designed to power a renewables revolution, create thousands of green-collar jobs and rein in the distorting power of the finance sector while making more low-cost capital available for pressing priorities.
Meeting since early 2007, the membership of the Green New Deal Group is drawn to reflect a wide range of expertise relating to the current financial, energy and environmental crises. The views and recommendations of the Green New Deal report, published in July 2008, are those of the group writing in their individual capacities.
The Green New Deal Group is, in alphabetical order:
Larry Elliott, Economics Editor of the Guardian, Colin Hines, Co-Director of Finance for the Future, former head of Greenpeace International’s Economics Unit, Tony Juniper, former Director of Friends of the Earth, Jeremy Leggett, founder and Chairman of Solarcentury and SolarAid, Caroline Lucas, Green Party MEP, Richard Murphy, Co-Director of Finance for the Future and Director, Tax Research LLP, Ann Pettifor, former head of the Jubilee 2000 debt relief campaign, Campaign Director of Operation Noah, Charles Secrett, Advisor on Sustainable Development, former Director of Friends of the Earth, Andrew Simms, Policy Director, nef (the new economics foundation).
LARRY ELLIOTTis Economics Editor of the Guardian. He has been with the Guardian for 17 years, and the paper’s economics editor for the past 11. He is also the co-author, with Dan Atkinson, of The Age of Insecurity (1998), Fantasy Island: Waking up to the Incredible Economic Political and Social Illusions of the Blair Legacy (2007) and, most recently, The Gods That Failed: How Blind Faith in Markets Has Cost Us Our Future (2008). Larry studied at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and has been a regular broadcaster on television and radio, as well as a journalist for the Press Association.
COLIN HINES is Co-Director of Finance for the Future and an advisor to Green Party MEP, Caroline Lucas. He worked at Greenpeace International for ten years, where he was Co-ordinator of its Economics Unit. He is an Associate of the International Forum on Globalisation, a San Francisco based alliance of activists, academics and economists committed to challenging the adverse effects of globalisation and free trade and in the process to develop alternatives. Colin helped to form the grassroots NGO, Localise West Midlands, and is author of Localisation: A global manifesto (2000).
TONY JUNIPER was Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, England, Wales and Northern Ireland from 2003-2008, when he oversaw the Big Ask campaign for the UK Climate Change Bill, setting the first ever legally-binding target for emissions reduction. He joined the organisation in 1990, was Policy and Campaigns Director between 1998 and 2003, and Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International from 2001 to 2008. Tony now works as a special adviser to The Prince of Wales’ Rainforest Project and as a Senior Associate at the Cambridge University Program for Industry. He is the author of Saving Planet Earth (2007).
JEREMY LEGGETT is founder and Executive Chairman of Solarcentury, a leading European solar energy company, and founder and Chairman of SolarAid, a charity set up by Solarcentury. He is also a founding director of the world’s first private equity investment fund for renewables, run by Bank Sarasin. In a first career as a geologist at Imperial College, he researched and explored for oil, funded by BP and Shell among others. In 1989, he left to become an environmental campaigner with Greenpeace International. He is convenor of the UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security (ITPOES). His books include The Carbon War (1999) and Half Gone (2005).
CAROLINE LUCAS is leader of the Green Party and a Green MP for Brighton Pavillion. Caroline is a member of the International Trade Committee and the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee. She also sits on the Parliament’s Temporary Climate Change Committee. Caroline is Vice President of the RSPCA. She is co-author of Green Alternatives to Globalisation: A Manifesto (2004). She was voted Politician of the Year in the Observer Ethical Awards 2007 and MEP of the Year in the prestigious Parliament magazine awards for her work on trade in 2008.
RICHARD MURPHY is Co-Director of Finance for the Future, Director of Tax Research LLP and founder of the Tax Justice Network. He advises on tax and taxation policy for a wide range of clients including governments, government agencies, commercial organisations, aid agencies and pressure groups in the UK and abroad. Richard is also a visiting fellow at the Centre for Global Political Economy at the University of Sussex and an External Research Fellow at the Tax Research Institute, University of Nottingham. He blogs at Tax Research UK.
ANN PETTIFOR is a fellow of nef (the new economics foundation), and author of books on debt and international finance. She is best known for her leadership of a world-wide campaign to cancel approximately $100 billion of debts owed by 42 of the poorest countries – Jubilee 2000. In 2003 she correctly predicted the bursting of the credit bubble (“The Credit Crunch”) in a book she edited for the new economics foundation, The Real World Economic Outlook (2003). She is also author of The Coming First World Debt Crisis (2006). Ann blogs about the crisis at Debtonation.org.
CHARLES SECRETT is an Advisor on Climate, Environment and Sustainability and an Associate Faculty member of the University of Cambridge Programme for Industry. Between 2004-8, he was a Special Advisor for The Mayor of London and was a Board Member of the London Development Agency, and Chair of its Health and Sustainability Advisory Group. Charles has also worked for Triodos Bank, the UK Government’s Roundtable (and Commission) on Sustainable Development. He was director of Friends of the Earth between 1993 and 2003.
ANDREW SIMMS is Policy Director at nef (the new economics foundation) and is on the board of Greenpeace UK. For many years he worked for international development organisations and has written extensively on issues of climate change and poverty reduction. In the reports ‘Ghost Town Britain’ and ‘Clone Town Britain’, Andrew coined new terms and changed the debate on the impact of mass retailing on communities. He is the author of Ecological Debt: Global Warming and the Wealth of Nations (new edition, 2009); Tescopoly: How One Shop Came Out on Top and Why it Matters (2007); and co-editor of Do Good Lives Have to Cost the Earth? (2008).