Natural Environment

Climate change, deforestation, desertification, and biodiversity loss chart our environmental decline. Important resources are being exhausted. Our economy does not take a long-term view, and environmental degradation poses a threat to us all. The Green New Deal recognises, however, that it is often those who are least responsible for environmental degradation that stand to suffer the most.

The importance of biodiversity - the millions of biological species which make up our ecosystems - for human health is increasingly recognised. The Green New Deal calls for a new awareness of the value of ecosystem services, for our economies, health and well-being.

As part of a new approach of increased responsibility, the Green New Deal would launch a major effort to protect the natural environment and preserve our natural resources for future generations. This consideration underpins every policy put forward by the Green New Deal – from policies for transforming the way we produce to policies for transforming the way we live.



The Green New Deal calls, amongst other things, for:

  • a binding target of an at least 30% effective reduction in domestic greenhouse gas emissions in the EU by 2020 and a 60% reduction by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, as this one the most basic prerequisites for protecting our environment.
  • halting biodiversity loss by 2020 and a considerable increase in funding to conservation measures;
  • best practices in land management to be rewarded through the Common Agricultural Policy, in order to help tackle climate change and to encourage better water management, increased soil fertility and a reduction in biodiversity loss;
  • a shift in production and consumption patterns in the EU to fight against deforestation in developing countries.