The most significant test of any government’s commitment to climate action right now is the measures it takes to rebuild its economy after the pandemic. Analysis for C40’s Mayors’ COVID Recovery Taskforce shows this clearly — a big, fast global programme of green stimulus will create 50 million good new jobs in C40 cities alone, while also being the best route to protect health and enable us to get on track to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, and make it to zero by 2050. So while we should rightly celebrate the moment when President-Elect Biden takes the USA back into the Paris Agreement, what is really going to matter in his first year in office is whether or not he is able to push through a green and just COVID recovery stimulus.
Food security is a common challenge throughout the world, particularly among vulnerable groups and the poor. Yet the great cities of Africa face a serious threat of hunger and malnutrition. Read more from Geoffrey Makhubo, Mayor of Johannesburg, South Africa, and Mark Watts, Executive Director of C40 Cities.
It’s clear that we need an economic recovery plan that will create good jobs, fast. It’s also increasingly clear that investment in the green economy will both produce some of the quickest impacts and achieve the most long-lasting benefits.