How the coronavirus recovery effort can support a European Green Deal
(Climate Change News, 7 May 2020) In the space of a few months, Covid-19 has changed the debate around large scale government intervention.
The need for a significant stimulus to prevent a protracted economic downturn arrives at a time when voices calling for increased investment to tackle climate change are also on the rise.
Rather than being at odds, the two challenges can be addressed simultaneously, with coordinated planning around a Green New Deal that tackles short-term economic needs with long-term sustainability goals.
Discussions of a Green New Deal—extensive government spending and public works to decarbonise the economy while addressing key social and economic concerns around the transition—were already gaining momentum prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.