Webinar: Build Back Better: Perspectives on COVID-19 Response and Recovery
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDTOnline
The first in a series of virtual seminars highlights how policymakers and leaders can design coronavirus stimulus packages to create jobs and foster inclusive, sustainable economic growth.
Join the conversation: #BuildBackBetter
About The Webinar
The coronavirus pandemic is upending society in ways that would have been hard to imagine just a few weeks ago. First and foremost a health emergency, COVID-19 has also hit economies like a global tsunami, closing national borders, shuttering factories, slashing consumer demand and slowing global trade. Workers and small businesses are bearing the brunt of the economic fallout.
With the pandemic triggering a global economic slowdown, leaders are searching for ways to stabilize impacted industries and shore up their economies. The decisions they make now will have long-lasting effects, so they must choose wisely.
WRI economists and policy experts share lessons from previous economic stimulus packages, highlighting opportunities for “shovel-ready,” job-creating, high-efficiency, low-carbon infrastructure in China, United States, Africa and elsewhere. Speakers also explain the negative consequences of propping up failing fossil fuel projects that utilize outdated economic models and past-century technologies, creating air pollution that kills millions of people annually. Finally, our panelists discuss how it is essential that governments not only jump-start their economies but also protect citizens from major threats of all kinds, including extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and increased water risk driven by climate change.
- Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director
- Helen Mountford, Vice President, Climate & Economics
- Li Fang, Chief Representative, WRI China
- Dan Lashof, Director, WRI United States
- Wanjira Mathai, Vice President and Regional Director, WRI Africa
- Anjali Mahendra, Director Of Research, WRI Ross Center For Sustainable Cities
- Lawrence MacDonald, Vice President for Communications (Moderator)