Wednesday, 18. October 2017

Inside the Green Economy

Promises and Pitfalls

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Wednesday, 18. October 2017, 5:30 pm Save in my calendar
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Büro Südafrika

Venue: Centre for the Book, 62 Victoria Street, Cape Town

Date: 18 October 2017

Time: 17:30-20:00

As the gap between rich and poor is widening globally, the concept of the Green Economy offers a new model. For some, it shows the way out of environmental and economic crisis, and promises to reconcile ecology with growth and consumption. It also seems to offer inclusion to those who have so far been excluded from prosperity, while keeping within the biophysical boundaries of the earth.

The model is however not without controversy. Critics see the Green Economy a “business as usual approach” dressed in green, which barely registers power relations, human rights or social actors. They demand that transformative strategies must run deeper, beyond a shallow economisation of nature and quick techno-fixes.

The South African government views the Green Economy as a growth path that is resource efficient, low carbon and pro-employment. The declared approach is to ensure that Green Economy programmes are based on practical action plans, in which the private sector and civil society must play a fundamental role, as they cannot be funded and implemented by the state alone.

Green Economy is here defined by an increased investment in green sectors, supported by enabling policy reform with two developmental outcomes: 1) Growing economic activity (which leads to investment, jobs and competitiveness) in the green industry sector, and 2) a shift in the economy as a whole towards cleaner indus­tries and sectors.

The event will serve to present the book “Inside the Green Economy – Promises and Pitfalls”, and to critically debate the potentials and blind spots of the Green Economy model, both internationally as well as in the South African context.

Please RSVP to by 11 October 2017.



17:30 Welcome & Introductions

Layla Al-Zubaidi, Director, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Southern Africa

17:45 Discussion

The panel will be moderated by Tasneem Essop, Founding Director, Energy Democracy Initiative.


Barbara Unmüßig, President, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin

A Critique of the Green Economy – A Global Perspective

Saliem Fakier, Head of Policy and Futures Unit, WWF South Africa

Opportunities and Challenges in the South African Context

Najma Mohamed, National Coordinator of Partnership for Action on Geen Economy (PAGE), Technical Officer for Green Jobs (ILO)

Steps towards Greening the South African Economy

19:30 Closing Remarks

The event will be followed by a reception with food and drinks.