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Seminar · A Green New Deal to Latin America: Challenges to Brazil

February 5, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Photo by Tony Perrottet

This seminar will discuss the political and economic challenges to implement a Green New Deal in Latin America and in the US.

About this Event

Climate change is a global phenomenon and demands policy coordination between scholars and policy makers worldwide. Brazil is the 7th largest GHG emitter in the world and the US is the 2nd largest emitter. Although the main emission sources and the challenges differ between those countries, the solutions should have synergies and follow similar solutions while, the political movements should cooperate globally.

In the US, we already observe a societal effort towards the energy transition. The US Green New Deal (GND) was established as a program and political movement based on a strong interdisciplinary academic background, including natural sciences, sociology, politics and economics and the Modern Money Theory. In Brazil, the investment in new renewable energy has increased since 2009. In 2018, 82% of the electricity was generated by renewable sources. An effort is needed to increase that share, improve energy efficiency and tackle the amazon increasing deforestation rates.

The urgent need of a green economy is also linked to the fight against social inequalities and unemployment. Brazil is now living one of its worst social and economic crisis in history, and the social claims may be more than ever associated to environmental claims towards a more equitable and prosperous economy. In that sense, social struggles are part of the debate around a Global Green New Deal. It demands an active State, regulation and public investments.

This seminar will discuss the political and economic challenges to implement a Green New Deal in Latin America and in the US, comparing the case of Brazil and of the US. The debate is also around how to politically reorganize progressive movements towards an equal and sustainable development.


Jaques Wagner (Senator – Brazil): VP for the senate environmental commission in Brazil, former governor of the State of Bahia and ministry of State during Lula and Dilma governments.

Stephanie Kelton (Stony Brook University): Professor of economics and public policy at Stony Brook University, Senior economic advisor for Bernie 2020, author of the book “The Deficit Myth”.

Daniel Aldana Cohen (University of Pensylvania): Professor of sociology at UPenn, where he directs the Socio-spatial Climate Collaborative. He coauthored the book “A Planet to Win: why we need a Green New Deal”.

Randall Wray (Levy Institute): Professor of economics at the Bard College and senior scholar at the Levy Institute. Author from several books including “Modern Money Theory: a primer on Macroeconomics for Sovereign Monetary Systems”


Wednesday, February 5, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Wolff Conference Room at The New School
6 E 16th St, 11th Floor,
New York, NY 10003,
United States
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The event will be in English.
Admission is free, but seating is limited.
Reservations are required, please RSVP here


Photo by Tony Perrottet: “Viewing Machine,” by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson at Inhotim art park


February 5, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Wolff Conference Room
6 East 16th Street
New York, NY United States
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