Green social democracy

Stimulate green thinking within the philosophical tradition of British social democracy
Green social democracy
The Green social democracy project was part of Green Alliance’s Green Roots programme. It aimed to stimulate green thinking within the philosophical tradition of British social democracy.
 
The Green social democracy advisory group was made up of both independent experts and individuals involved in the Labour party:
 
Lord Adonis – patron 
Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle upon Tyne central and shadow Cabinet Office minister – co-chair 
Dame Joan Ruddock MP, former environment minister and former shadow climate minister 
Huw Irranca-Davies, MP for Frogmore and shadow minister for environment, food and rural affairs 
Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and shadow minister for education 
Andrew Pakes, Labour & Co-operative parliamentary candidate for Milton Keynes South and former chair of SERA 
Michael Jacobs, visiting professor, School of Public Policy, University College London, and former adviser to Gordon Brown 
Will Straw, associate director for globalisation and climate change, IPPR and Labour parliamentary candidate for Rossendale and Darwen
Melanie Smallman, SERA 
Simon Roberts, chief executive, Centre for Sustainable Energy 
Matthew Lockwood, senior research fellow, Exeter University
Natan Doron, senior researcher, the Fabian Society
 
"I am pleased to be patron of Green Alliance’s Green social democracy project. Social democrats understand the power of our environment, both as something our communities rely on for their quality of life, and as something which provides the resources available to us. This project presents an opportunity to explore how social democrats use nature; how it is best protected and shared, but also how it can be harnessed to ensure a balanced and sustainable economic future for the UK.” 
Lord Adonis
 
A short discussion paper summarises the historical and philosophical relevance of the environment to British social democracy.

Green social democracy: Building a public mandate for infrastructure
Infrastructure renewal is at the heart of the UK's economic development and Sir John Armitt set out a new framework for infrastructure planning, accepted by the Labour Party. But can this be successful when projects are so often thwarted by public opposition?

Produced in consultation with our Green Social Democracy advisory group, under our Green Roots programme, this pamphlet highlights that Armitt's proposals risk failure unless there is a much stronger commitment to public dialogue.

With examples of successful models, it sets out a clear way to build better public engagement on new infrastructure into the Armitt framework. 

"Britain's infrastructure needs to change significantly over the next decade to become both smarter and greener. This cannot be something which is 'done to' people, it must be done by and with the people of this country, in everyone's interest. This paper seeks to set out the way in which the public mandate for low carbon infrastructure can be strengthened so we can build out the infrastructure we need."
Chi Onwurah MP

"Opening up decision making can be an intimidating prospect, but it will be richer as a result. And this bold step is essential if we are to deliver the infrastructure out country urgently requires if it is to meet out citizens' needs, remain competitive and help us tackle climate change."
Huw Irranca-Davies MP

Green social democracy: Better homes in better places
This Green social democracy pamphlet aims to answer how we can best stimulate the housing sector, realise the benefits of household energy efficiency and better recognise the importance of place in tackling environmental thinkers.

Bringing together contributions from social democratic thinkers and independent experts, it looks at how to deliver sustainable communities, reconciling the importance of social and environmental capital with the need to create many hundreds of thousands of new homes.          

"This collection of essays shows that those of us from the Labour and social democratic tradition are at the vanguard of defining a different type of politics: from community based approaches to deliver housing or energy efficiency at scale, to new ways of thinking about climate change through the lens of community or place."
Ed Miliband MP, leader of the Labour Party

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