Advancing a green and just recovery that secures water and builds climate resiliency

Online conversations on priorities for recovery from the Covid pandemic abound. 

At the Freshwater Alliance, we have support a number of calls which advance ideas around: a just recovery; a recovery that puts our communities first; that secures safe and healthy water for all; and that will put people to work advancing nature based solutions to climate change.

Here are three of our favourite calls:

 

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Principles for a Just Recovery: We can’t go back to business-as-usual after the #COVID19 pandemic. Business-as-usual meant climate inaction and widespread inequality. That’s why we’re building a movement for a #JustRecoveryforAll that puts people first. Here are the 6 principles that are essential to a #JustRecovery that will allow us  to #BuildBackBetter:

  1. Put people’s health and wellbeing first, no exceptions.
  2. Strengthen the social safety net and provide relief directly to people.
  3. Prioritize the needs of workers and communities.
  4. Build resilience to prevent future crises.
  5. Build solidarity and equity across communities, generations, and borders.
  6. Uphold Indigenous rights and work in partnership with Indigenous peoples.
  7. Join us to demand a #JustRecovery: http://justrecoveryforall.ca/

 

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Adding a Shade of Blue to Green Recovery - The Our Living Waters Network compiled a list of over 300 shovel worthy and shovel ready projects that advance mutual goals of economic recover, reconciliation, climate resiliency and water security. Investing in 'shovel-ready' and 'shovel-worthy' jobs that advance climate resiliency and water security can create an immediate 3638 jobs and nearly 1.5 million job hours in over 300 projects across the country. By prioritizing investment in small, rural and Indigenous communities we can put people to work across numerous impacted communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast. 

 

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Natural Infrastructure is an Integral Part of Green Recovery - a group of 42 organizations from across the country called for changes to programs that could fund natural infrastructure investment to get ready to be able to support short and long term investment in nature based infrastructure solutions.