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A Climate Pact for Europe

How to Finance the Green Deal

By Anne Hessel, Jean Jouzel and Pierre Larrouturou

Published

Oct 12, 2021

Page count

136 pages

ISBN

978-1529219135

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Oct 12, 2021

Page count

136 pages

ISBN

978-1529219142

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
A Climate Pact for Europe

The COVID-19 pandemic gives an opportunity to relaunch global economic systems with a better balance between the social and environmental dimensions. There is a need for a scientifically-based step towards a strong Green Deal: a Climate Pact for the EU.

Based on a bestselling French book, this English translation provides a summary of the facts on the climate issue, the solutions available and their costs. It outlines the political advantages and challenges current policy, practice and thinking at a time when populist leaders are transforming politics worldwide.

This timely book will contribute to a renewed political vision for the EU, the European Economic Area, the UK and Africa.

"A positive and convincing take on the climate crisis and funding the solution. Emphasising job creation and social justice, the book is very pertinent for the post COVID-19 recovery." Clairie Papazoglou, environmental consultant

"Climate change is ultimately a consequence of the illusion of eternal material economic growth. The reform of the current financial system, however, will be beset by short-term vested interests seeking to maintain the status quo. This text examines well why the Green Deal can, and must, be part of a war that humanity dare not lose." John Sweeney, Maynooth University’

"Climate change is undisputable. This book provides the solutions and how to finance them to support the societal and economic transitions to restore a climate in which humans can live." Sylvain Pichat, Laboratoire de Géologie de Lyon (LGL-TPE), ENS Lyon and Max Planck Institute for Chemistry

"A pioneering work on how to harness banking and green economics into a mutually reinforcing symbiosis. Everyone claims to want a green economy but few work out concrete and practical ways of achieving this aim. The authors understand economics and political possibilities and their work is more than timely." Denis MacShane, former Minister of Europe, UK

Anne Hessel is a Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Chemistry. She is a founder member of "Agir pour le climat" and member of the Scientific Council of "Defismed". Before retiring, she taught and practiced medicine at hospitals, and was active in many social movements since the 1960s.

Jean Jouzel is an internationally respected climatologist and glaciologist whose research laid the foundations for understanding the pattern and causes of climate deregulation. He was Vice-president of the IPCC Working Group 1 upon whose scientific work this book is based.

Pierre Larrouturou is a Member of the EU Parliament in the Socialists and Democrats Group. He has had a long career in politics and is currently the General Rapporteur for the 2021 EU Budget and Shadow Rapporteur for the financing of the European Green Deal.

Preface – Mary Robinson

How We Can Win the Battle - Nicolas Hulot

2020 – A Warning Shot

1. Our Home Is Burning, and We Are Looking Elsewhere

2. Global Warming: The Essential Cause Is Our Greenhouse Gas Emissions

3. “Soon It Will Be Too Late…” Say 15,000 Scientists

4. When the UN Environment Programme Denounces “…This Catastrophic Climate Gap” Between the Reductions Needed and the National Pledges…

5. Zero Net Carbon Emissions? Yes, It’s Possible

6. Can We Make a Colossal Development Program Work? We Can Do It!

7. 1,000 Billion Euros for the Climate? If They Are Really Needed Yes, We Can Do It!

8. Putting Finance Back to the Service of the Common Good: The European Climate-Employment Pact

9. Save the Climate, and Save Europe? It’s Now or Never!

Conclusion: Creating a New Development Model