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Green post-pandemic recovery will deliver more jobs – Friends of the Earth reaction

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Reacting to today’s study, which says that investing in green measures to boost economies post-pandemic will create more jobs and better financial returns, Friends of the Earth campaigner Tony Bosworth said:

“Coronavirus is rightly the focus of government attention, but the escalating climate crisis has not meekly gone away.

“Managing the economic impacts of this virus is all the more reason for governments to place clean energy at the heart of the recovery. The right investment in the recovery phase will create jobs and put us on a firmer course to a cleaner future as we finally prioritise renewable energy, leaving oil and coal in the ground for good.

“At the moment lower demand means that solar and wind energy sources are taking the lead. The concern is that there might be a race for industry to make up for lost time, causing an emissions rebound that could wipe out the renewable energy successes we are seeing now.”

“Post-pandemic investment can push a big, positive, reset button on our carbon-guzzling and unsustainable economy and build a clean, safe and fair world, let’s take the opportunity.”

ENDS

For more information contact the Friends of the Earth press office on 020 7566 1649 / 07718 394786 (out of hours – please do not text this number) or by emailing media@foe.co.uk.

Notes to editors:

  1. The study will be published in the Oxford Review of Economic Policy today.
  2. Friends of the Earth is an international community dedicated to the protection of the natural world and the wellbeing of everyone in it. We bring together more than two million people in 75 countries, combining people power all over the world to transform local actions into global impact. For more information visit: friendsoftheearth.uk follow us at @friends_earth, or like our Facebook page.

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