Building back better means investing in an economic recovery that tackles the climate emergency.
No war, recession, or previous pandemic has had such a dramatic impact on carbon emissions over the past century as COVID-19 has in just a few months. There is a unique opportunity to rebuild the global economy in a green and sustainable way.
Building back better post COVID-19 must be based on a just transformation that tackles the climate and biodiversity emergencies, and protects the planet from further harm. Climate change has already created an on-going food crisis that threatens the lives and livelihoods of millions of people.
Short-term measures that ignore climate risks will have long-term negative impacts. Instead of supporting polluting sectors and fossil fuel industries, public recovery and bailout funds should be used to transition economies towards renewable energy sectors.
Now is the time for investments and policies to transition the economy and society in a way that will meet our commitments under the Paris Agreement and the SDGs.
“We are about to deploy enormous, gigantic fiscal stimulus and we can do it in a way that we tackle both crises at the same time… If our world is to come out of this crisis more resilient, we must do everything in our power to make it a green recovery.” Kristalina Georgieva, chief executive of the International Monetary Fund.
Why take Climate Action?
The International Energy Agency (IEA) says that the world will use 6% less CO2 this year - equivalent to losing the entire energy demand of India,
While the poorest half of the world’s population are responsible for only 10% of carbon emissions, the richest 10 countries are responsible for 50% of all carbon emissions,
It is estimated that developing nations will face 75% of the cost of the climate crisis,
Pandemics such as coronavirus are the result of humanity’s destruction of nature, according to leaders at the UN, WHO and WWF International,
This is a unique opportunity to rebuild our economies. People have compared the crisis to rebuilding after World War Two. We must not waste this unique opportunity to rebuild in a green and sustainable way.
What can our governments do?
We are calling on the Irish Government to:
Reduce carbon emissions by 8% annually.
Implement the new climate law within 100 days of government.
Support climate resilient, biodiverse agriculture and food systems.
We are calling on the NI Executive to:
Ensure a Climate Act is implemented in Northern Ireland. The act should have an integrated all-of-government approach to reducing emissions and ensure the transition to zero carbon is just, orderly and benefits the poorest and marginalised members of society. A Climate Act in NI should be an integral part of a just, green recovery.