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Seeking your feedback – A Green ‘New Deal’ for Victoria?

Posted in Models by Devin Maeztri on May 13th, 2009

A community response to the recession – a Green ‘New Deal’ for Victoria?

This is a proposal for a collaborative and integrated response to the triple crunch of recession, climate change, and peak oil.

A recent poll (1) suggests that while Australians appreciate the bonuses they are getting from the federal government, they are not convinced that they are the way to find our way out of economic recession. Instead they believe that we should be investing in infrastructure.

But there is also a deeper dimension at play here. We are not just facing one crisis. Australia, in common, with the rest of the global economy, is facing a triple crunch of recession, accelerating climate change, and growing energy costs and insecurity. These overlapping phenomena threaten to develop into a ‘perfect storm’, the like of which has not been seen since the Great Depression.

As jobs are lost at an increasing rate, decisive and visionary action by the state and federal governments is needed to guide us through this gathering storm and to take advantage of the opportunities that these unprecedented events present to us.
It is available at: A Green New Deal for Victoria and Friends of the Earth Melbourne
We would appreciate feedback by monday May 18 to allow us to incorporate it into the final report.
(1) ‘Mind and Mood’ report, Ipsos MacKay, April 2009 Read the rest of this entry »