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.
1. Prioritize health for people and planet
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.
2. Invest in solutions, not bailouts
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.
3. Replace single-use with sustainable systems
Single-use must be replaced with sustainable product delivery systems. The externalized costs from extraction to disposal must be eliminated.
4. Demand corporate and government accountability
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.
These 5 #JustRecovery Principles align with #BreakFreeFromPlastic’s push for systemic change and a new normal for Plastic Free July. Join the movement now, and put corporations and your government accountable here: https://bit.ly/PFJULY2020