The Energy We Need


The new weekly webinar series, organized by transform! europe together with Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Brussels and New York Offices, focused on developing internationalist visions for Green New Deal(s) that will work for the whole planet in the post-Covid era.


The Green New Deal is built around the idea that we need to restructure our energy systems in such a way that our economies and societies will be supplied by clean and sustainable energy sources. This premise is a direct response to the globally destructive threat that the climate crisis represents, and the GND is proposed as a way to stop the human and ecological devastation that the fossil fuel industries have wrought for decades, particularly in the Global South.

But this clear and necessary objective does not in itself remove the considerable obstacles that our goals of transformation face.

One principal obstacle can be briefly summarized in the following question: How can citizens, workers and consumers take control of the energy system in such a way that ensures the double necessity of decarbonization and universal access to energy?

A second obstacle to overcome is that of weighing and taking into account the different interests and capacities of States. How do we make sure Global North countries assume their fair share of responsibility, as opposed to organizing an artificial transition that would leave the burden and human costs disproportionately to the Global South?

These obstacles must be confronted in all their seriousness, and this is what this discussion intends to do, bringing together voices from three different continents to sketch the different pathways toward a just and radical energy transition

Lavinia Steinfort, Transnational Institute
Youcef Benabdallah, Professor at Ecole nationale Supérieur des Statistiques et d’Economie Appliquée
Natalia Carrau, Trade Union Confederation of the Americas, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy



This webinar series is organized by transform! europe together with Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Brussels and New York Offices, in collaboration with the Institute for Policy Studies, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policyand the Transnational Institute (TNI).