How the EU’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic could make our society more resilient. The Covid-19 pandemic is showing just how fragile our societies, economies and democracies can be. Along with many other organisations and governments, the European Union is scrambling to prevent the worst from happening, with a strong focus on keeping the European economy afloat. Their responses must address the underlying issues that make our societies so vulnerable and help us transition away from the current social and economic model which drives inequality and environmental destruction, and leaves us unprepared when crisis hits. Greenpeace, along with many others, are calling for any spending to help build a better and more resilient society, based on better health care, employment standards, social and environmental protections. The European Commission must invest in people and avoid bailing out polluting industries. Instead, it must invest public money in a new start and help us transform our society into one where we truly take care of one another and the only planet Earth we’ve got. In its inaugural European Green Deal package, the European Commission set the stage for an environmental transition. The current Covid-19 crisis and resulting economic downturn demonstrates the profound need for the social and economic transition to be both just and green. Combining today’s spending with a true New Green Deal would do just that.
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