Global healthcare groups join calls for green, healthy Covid-19 recovery

More than 40 million healthcare professionals from around the world have urged global leaders to build a healthy, climate-friendly economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis, in an open letter today backed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) among a raft of other influential groups.

Coordinated by WHO alongside the Global Climate and Health Alliance and air pollution campaign group Every Breath Matters, it urges G20 governments to take steps to shift subsidies away from fossil fuels towards renewables and low carbon technologies after Covid-19. Moreover, it calls for recovery packages to prioritise investments in public health such as in clean air, clean water and a stable climate, arguing such investments would reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions while building greater resilience to future pandemics and creating more sustainable jobs.

The statement warns government to lean from failures exposed by the pandemic to tackle vulnerabilities in the economy and safeguard frontline healthcare workers, as well as pointing out that human health is compromised when the economy suffers.By investing in greener, more sustainable industries, jobs, food production and supply chains, it argues governments can encourage healthier diets, more renewable energy, more walking and cycling, zero emission transport, and a radical regeneration of trees and nature.

Other organisations backing the letter include the International Council of Nurses, the World Organisation of Family Doctors, and the World Federation of Public Health Associations, which have added their signatures alongside thousands of individual health professionals. It is just the latest internationally coordinated effort to drum up support for a green recovery from the pandemic, following similar calls from major investment groups hoding trillions of dollars of assets, multinational businesses, political parties and campaign groups.

Source: Business Green

Author: Tuula Pohjola