Europe and Central Asia
14 Apr 2020

#GreenRecovery – Rebooting and reboosting our economies for a sustainable future

BirdLife Europe and Central Asia
By BirdLife Europe and Central Asia

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If COVID-19 has shown us anything, it's that we can mobilise together rapidly, effectively and massively against challenges of life and death. Science tell us that planet’s survival demands similarly dramatic measures to fight the climate crisis and save nature. We’re among the 180 politicians, NGOs, CEOs, think tanks, activists, trade unions and others joining the Chair of the Environment Committee of the European Parliament, MEP Pascal Canfin, in his European alliance for a #GreenRecovery

 

"The EU’s potential to bring its solidarity and immense resources to bear on our emergence from the trauma COVID19 has imposed on our health, our economies and our psyches is undeniable. Much as we built a better society out of the ashes of world war, so now we are called to action.
We are gratified to join EU Ministers from 11 countries, 79 cross-party MEP’s from 17 member states, 37 private sector CEOs, and an impressive roster of other powerful stakeholders, in a call for this herculean effort to be inseparable from the equally urgent fight against climate change and biodiversity loss.

COVID19 has not stopped the rapid and inexorable march of these two existential crises. Indeed, the virus has also ripped the veil equally brutally from our lack of social, environmental and economic equality, justice and resilience. We must bring our new solidarity with equal enthusiasm to these fights for a fair society.
If COVID19 shows us anything, it is that we can mobilize together rapidly, effectively and massively against challenges of life and death – the science is undeniable that humanity’s survival demands that we take all possible and similarly dramatic measures now to stop and reverse global warming and save nature.

The opportunity to join up the massive resources mobilized to restore our economies and protect the vulnerable among us with the transformative thinking and principles of the EU Green Deal must not be missed. It is an indispensable element to the transition society must make to sustainability. Making green sustainability the pillar of these investments is key. And that key could unlock the unavoidable straitjacket we’re in with the climate and biodiversity emergencies – we will emerge victorious eventually against the virus, but if the planet’s equilibrium is pushed past its brink, there will be no deconfinement, there will be no recovery" 

Ariel Brunner, Senior Head of Policy, BirdLife Europe and Central Asia

 



Call for mobilisation: REBOOT & REBOOST our economies for a sustainable future

 

 



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