In 2010, the European Commission launched its medium term strategy for a sustainable, smart and inclusive growth and set ambitious climate change and energy sustainability targets for 2020. However, the results of the last IPCC report and official data about unemployment and social inclusivity demonstrate that the strategy is ineffective - so much so that it is questionable whether we are moving towards the creation of a sustainable Union at all. Suffocated by neoliberal and austerity discourses, Europe is currently risking a political failure and is losing its role as world leader in the delivery of environmentally-sound policies.
The debate will focus on how red and green left-wing parties will promote a much needed alternative vision in the new European Parliament and will foster a change in the political discourse. In particular, our aim is to show that economic, social and environmental crises are deeply intertwined and that we need an alternative European political approach to counteract the negative effects of austerity and neoliberal policies which can tackle the challenges of growing energy demand and climate change.
The debate will discuss the economic viability of a 'green new deal' and the costs of delaying action; the international scenario and the current energy supply strategies; and the importance of bringing environmental and social justice to the centre of the European parties' and institutions' political agendas in order to create a resilient and sustainable society.
Griffin Carpenter- New Economic Foundation
Mattia Toaldo - European Council on Foreign Relations
Grazia Francescato – Environmental Activist and past President of Italian and European Greens
Danny Bates - Green Party - MEP candidate
Lucy Anderson - Labour Party - MEP candidate
Marco Furfaro- L'Altra Europa con Tsipras - MEP candidate
Laura De Vito - Circolo Radio Londra - Sinistra Ecologia Liberta' UK
The event will be hosted by the King's College London Italian Society (room S-2.23, Strand Campus).
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