The COVID-19 crisis has affirmed the urgency to unify as a global community. At this moment in history, the world is waking up to how interconnected and reliant on one another we truly are. While this crisis has laid bare widespread systemic injustices in all facets of society, we have the opportunity – and a responsibility – to align around the following Just Recovery principles for a better future.
Public health must be protected, prioritizing frontline workers, fenceline communities, and vulnerable populations. Environments and human rights of impacted countries and communities cannot be compromised by the business interests of the global elite.
Deprioritize and divest from extractive industries and their boom and bust cycles. Transition the workforce into sustainable economies with free training programs. Bailouts must be investments in community resiliency, not corporate interests.
Single-use must be replaced with sustainable product delivery systems. The externalized costs from extraction to disposal must be eliminated.
Corporate responsibility and accountability must be consistent in all regions where companies do business. Government policies must ensure countries manage their own waste. Policy is informed by credible, third-party science.
Support community efforts to hold industry accountable for impacts. Regulators must measure and monitor emissions and health impacts. Policies that impact communities must respond to the impacts upon frontline communities.