Adviser's Note - Towards a Green and Just Recovery

Adviser's Note - Towards a Green and Just Recovery


Patrick Schröder

During 2020, we have witnessed the connection between climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic: not all climate impacts are created equal, or distributed equally. In the same way, different countries and communities are being impacted in different ways by COVID-19. Currently, Sub-Saharan Africa is facing a food crisis induced by climate shocks and compounded by the lockdown restrictions disrupting agricultural supply chains.

International efforts are needed to ensure relief and recovery strategies, both sustainable and just, addressing the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable. More than $20 trillion in funding initiatives for relief and recovery have been announced by governments and international organisations. The UN has sent a clear message that the COVID-19 recovery must drive a shift towards a green economy. Looking ahead towards COP26 in Glasgow in 2021, how to implement green and just recoveries are the key issues that need to be addressed.

Dr. Patrick Schröder is a Senior Research Fellow in the Energy, Environment and Resources department, Chatham House.