Many grassroots organizations, including those focused on climate change, stepped in to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their actions in addressing COVID-19 illustrate the need for local leadership in longer term crises like climate change.
WRI Articles on How to Build Back Better Post COVID-19
As the world faces both a climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, governments must invest in a climate-resilient recovery to protect people from future disasters and stimulate the economy.
To enhance green stimulus and help deliver the jobs and income economies need for coronavirus recovery, governments should learn from the Great Recession.
Transitioning to a low-carbon energy system can help Southeast Asia create jobs, improve public health and build back better from COVID-19.
Through the right policies and investments, local governments can expand their electric vehicle fleets, grow their economies and encourage consumers to purchase emissions-free cars.
As cities recover from COVID-19, smart investments and policies on resilience can create a triple dividend: helping cities boost their economies; improving equity; and preparing communities for inevitable climate and health threats.
As 2020 began, the question of whether and how countries would strengthen their commitments under the Paris Agreement loomed large, driven by a global youth climate movement and a growing recognition of the urgency to keep temperature change below 1.5 degrees C. The sudden arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic greatly complicated this task, consuming the attention of national leaders and senior officials.
Emerging evidence from this pandemic and experience from previous disease outbreaks show that it’s rural women who will disproportionately bear the socio-economic hardships of COVID-19.
A new report commissioned by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy proposes a roadmap for economic recovery from COVID-19 that utilizes opportunities in the ocean economy and ensures investments help catalyze progress towards a sustainable ocean economy.
While the amount of climate-friendly stimulus spending leaves much to be desired, some countries are making strides toward greening their economic recovery.