Recovery plans are neither green nor fair to the poor, says Christian Aid

By Maddy Fry
Church Times
October 23, 2020

POST-PANDEMIC stimulus packages are at risk of increasing global inequality and jeopardising efforts to reduce climate change, Christian Aid has warned. In a report released today, Whose Green Recovery?, the charity said that governments’ economic stimulus plans designed to aid reconstruction after Covid-19 were often just “rhetoric” that did little to help the most vulnerable.

Christian Aid says that that half a trillion dollars globally have gone towards supporting carbon-intensive industries, and that 70 per cent more aid has been given to businesses related to fossil fuels, such as airlines, than to their green alternatives. In the UK alone, more than £5 billion has been awarded to the oil, gas, and transport sectors without requiring a future commitment to becoming more sustainable.

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