A Better Future After COVID-19
As we begin the recovery from COVID-19, we need to ask ourselves how we can build back better.The pandemic has brought existing inequalities into sharp focus - and could make them worse. But with a response driven by collaboration between all nations and societies, we can achieve true and lasting change.
'The new normal' is a phrase we have heard repeatedly in recent weeks, as some governments begin to ease lockdown restrictions and look for ways to reopen the economy. I believe that this is the time to be thinking more radically about the long-term future..
We need to acknowledge that life should not return to the way it was. Instead, we should ask ourselves how we can do things differently so we can build a better future for generations to come..
The COVID-19 pandemic is casting a stark light on the many intersecting inequalities that our economies and societies create, inequalities that devastate people’s lives and opportunities, inequalities that should have no place in the future we want to create..
Around the world, countless people are struggling to make it through the day. That has always been true, and it remains true now; this virus is categorically not affecting all people equally. The most vulnerable are those living in poverty and those forced to leave their homes because of conflict, disaster or the lack of decent work locally. .
The pandemic will most probably act as a catalyst to make things even worse in areas that are already suffering from famine, drought, unemployment and conflict — leading to more people being displaced from their homes. .
Protect the planet
We are all eager to see and feel signs of environmental recovery. Not only are we becoming more aware of our global economy's effect on the planet, but we are also eager for the planet's health to improve. We should be gathering evidence about how changes to our business-as-usual approach can heal the environment.
Now more than ever, we need to search for solutions that are practical, affordable, and easily adoptable so that we put an end to our most destructive habits and ensure a liveable planet for generations to come. We must invest in solutions that help people and planet thrive together..
Champion access to renewable energy for all
The pandemic has shown us the drastic impact fossil fuels are having on our environment – and how quickly the planet starts to show signs of recovery when we stop using them. The need for renewable energy is even more critical now; it provides a lifeline for millions of people, but it's also a catalyst to ensure a bright, prosperous and healthy future for generations to come.
Renewable energy is a golden thread that weaves all aspects of our lives together. It can power homes, businesses, schools and hospitals without endangering the health of people or our planet. Now more than ever, we need to champion access to renewable energy for the most vulnerable and remote communities, so no one is left behind.