Inequalities exist between nations, regions and social and professional groups. This fosters discontent, acts as a barrier to well-being and hinders efforts to move towards sustainable lifestyles. The current economic crisis has aggravated these inequalities. Reducing the gaping inequalities that exist globally and rebuilding social justice is a central objective of the Green New Deal, as there is little point in securing prosperity in Europe if it is based on suffering elsewhere. Luckily, environmental protection and social justice often go hand in hand, as reconciling ourselves with the planet can allow others fairer access to global resources.
The Green New Deal is built around policies which foster equality at work and in society, regarding gender, race, employment, and access to education and training. Social justice can be rebuilt by a greater redistribution of wealth as well as an ambitious programme to strengthen social services, such as health care, education, child care and care of the elderly.
Improved equality is clearly crucial to the Green New Deal equation, enhancing well-being not merely from the top down, via government initiatives, but also from the bottom up, at local level.