The COVID-19 pandemic has painfully highlighted the inequality that persists in our city. The ongoing crisis has further exposed the life and death disparities in health outcomes associated with race and class and the frailty of an economic system that keeps too many people vulnerable. In many ways, this global health emergency has given us an early preview of how our climate crisis will unfold. That’s why New York City is prioritizing an accelerated economic recovery with job-creating investments in clean energy infrastructure – like solar, offshore wind, and hydropower – that promote environmental justice.
Putting our Climate at the Center of this Recovery
As we emerge from the COVID-19 health crisis, New York is committed to a green recovery that puts equity, fairness, and confronting our climate crisis at the center of our city’s rebuilding efforts. Placing climate action at the heart of COVID-19 recovery will ensure that we will emerge stronger and more resilient from this crisis.
A green recovery that prioritizes clean energy, resilient infrastructure, and environmental justice will help accelerate economic recovery while enhancing social equity. Investing in Green New Deal solutions such as clean energy infrastructure over the next decade would spur our nation’s economy and create enormous numbers of good-paying and accessible jobs, at just the right moment to align with the scientific demands of our climate crisis and the needs of an American economy that is suffering its worst unemployment since the Great Depression.
A green recovery can help us to end the age of fossil fuels while pursuing a just transition to a clean energy economy. Ending financial subsidies and investments in fossil fuels and investing in climate solutions will ensure our city’s economic resilience and build a sustainable future for all New Yorkers.
Global Partnership for a Fair and Green Recovery
Mayor Bill de Blasio has affirmed that climate and environmental justice will be a core component of New York City’s recovery from COVID-19. In May 2020, Mayor de Blasio and more than 30 mayors from around the world endorsed the C40 Cities statement of principles to help guide the global recovery and affirmed our commitments to rebuild “a better, more sustainable, and fairer society out of the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.” Read the full list of C40 principles here.
Joining forces with other C40 mayors will help us ensure that climate change and the interrelated issues of equity and social justice are addressed at a global scale as we work together to rebuild a more equitable world.