Green Strings: Principles and conditions for a green recovery from COVID-19 in Canada
International Institute for Sustainable Development
Authored by: Vanessa Corkal, Philip Gass, Aaron Cosbey
Partners: David Suzuki Foundation, Climate Action Network, Environmental Defence, Pembina Institute, Conservation Council of New Brunswick, Sierra Club Canada, Stand.earth, Équiterre, Wilderness Committee, Greenpeace Canada, EcoJustice, Leadnow, Ecology Action Centre
We are at a historic turning point. The global health crisis—terrible as it is—has forced us to pursue recovery on a scale that will transform our economy and society, with lasting impacts on our ability to confront another urgent crisis—climate change.
We stand at a threshold of opportunity where we can align our efforts for post-pandemic reconstruction with the challenge of meeting Canada’s climate goals.
We must impose standards and conditions on bailouts, stimulus and recovery spending to ensure that they are in sync with the ambitious climate change outcomes that Canadians expect. The report argues for seven “green strings” that should be attached to COVID-19 recovery measures announced by Canada’s government.
COVID-19 Short and Mid-Term Economic Recovery Package Recommendations to Boost Employment While Accelerating Ecological Transition
This economic crisis presents a unique opportunity to reorient our economy toward a low carbon, resilient future. We don't have to choose between recovery and the environment. We can get both faster by making smart decisions now.
APPENDIX — Proposal for measures to ensure a responsive provincial emergency plan
Ontario faces an opportunity to redesign its economy following the COVID-19 crisis to one that prioritizes well-being for all Ontarians and the planet. The David Suzuki Foundation provided the Ontario government with seven key recommendations for economic reform that aim to increase the disposable income of Ontarians, promote access to quality public services, support vulnerable local businesses and establish strong starting points for a post-pandemic economic redesign.
Submission to the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance
Building a clean, resilient economy will help Canada recover from the COVID-19 economic crisis. The David Suzuki Foundation’s submission to the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance regarding its study of government response to COVID-19 outlines our recommendations for building back better.