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.