The Institute for Public Policy Research launches its Environmental Justice Commission – to call for a Green New Deal

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Caroline Lucas, Ed Miliband and Laura Sandys have written this in the Guardian this morning:

On Tuesday, the Institute for Public Policy Research launches its Environmental Justice Commission and we are coming together across Conservative, Labour and Green parties to serve on it. We are doing so with a very specific task in mind: to ally the issue of climate change with the economic and social transformation that we believe our country and citizens so urgently need and deserve. To act on that sense of hope.

This means committing to a transformational plan for a Green New Deal, an unprecedented mobilisation and deployment of resources to tackle the accelerating climate crisis and transform our economy and society for all.

Let's be clear: the Green Party apart this does not imply any form of endorsement for a Green New Deal from the parties these three represent.

But, as they note:

It is time for the UK to lead again and the commission will aim to help shape that leadership. And when people ask how we can bring the country together, we believe this issue has the potential to do so. For some, it will be the climate issue that motivates them, for others the economic and social justice gains that can be achieved in the war against climate change. For many it will be all of these. We owe it to our country and its future to make this happen.

Each step on the way to change is useful: I welcome this one.