6 principles for a green and just recovery

We need to come together to ensure that climate justice is central to the post-Covid future of our economy, says Olivia Hanks.

6 principles for a green and just recovery

We need to come together to ensure that climate justice is central to the post-Covid future of our economy, says Olivia Hanks.

MPs and Peers returned to Parliament last week with a busy autumn ahead of them. Key milestones will include the Budget, expected in October or November amid a major recession, and the end of the transition period, probably with no agreement in place.

Meanwhile, the climate crisis continues to intensify and Extinction Rebellion protestors are calling on Parliament to pass the new Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill.

As we take stock of the year so far and the months to come, it's hard not to feel overwhelmed. But there are glimmers of hope in the darkness. Over 4,000 mutual aid groups have sprung up across the country. Powerful campaigning by unions such as the London Renters Union and the National Education Union have helped to extend protection for renters from evictions and ensure school children received the grades their teachers believed they deserved.

We've also seen solidarity funds for precarious workers and within communities being created to re-imagine how we support and look after one another.

We can build on the work communities have been doing to look after one another and keep insisting on a green and just recovery. Up until now, the government's response to the pandemic has been an emergency response; now it needs to think long term. So far, there is little evidence of any real vision or willingness to engage with the scale of the challenge: government messaging principally consists of upbeat assertions that if we all just buy a few more sandwiches, everything will be fine.

As Covid-19 figures start to rise again, we must resist attempts to divide us by blaming individuals. We know from the various examples of community organising outlined above that we are stronger together.

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