Spend public money on a safe and just recovery for everyone
In July, the people who control the budgets of the world’s 20 richest countries will meet to discuss how they spend trillions in public money on economic recovery and stimulus packages.
Will they opt for ‘business as usual’ and bail out the failing systems and industries that drive global inequality, racial injustice and climate crisis? Yes, unless we demand better.
Paradigms are shifting fast as the crises of racial injustice, COVID-19, economic injustice and climate breakdown hit us all at once. We need jobs, we need healthcare, we demand justice.
This historic moment calls for a different response from us all. G20 finance ministers hold the pursestrings for a just recovery that can tackle all these crises together. They also control the unpayable and immoral ‘debt’ of the very countries who need the most help tackling COVID-19 and climate crisis, and whose people were enslaved and colonised without justice or reparations to date.
It’s our money, our lives and our future at stake. We demand better.
As you meet this July, you hold the power to change the course of history. Your decisions can set the world on the path to a safe and just recovery from the interwoven crises of racial injustice, COVID, economic upheaval and climate breakdown hitting us all at once.
We demand better from you. We need jobs and investment in our communities, we need healthcare, we need better housing, greener transport, social care and dignified livelihoods. We demand justice.
As you prepare to launch unprecedented stimulus and recovery spending, know that this historic moment calls for an equally unprecedented response.
People everywhere have had enough of the failing systems and dying extractive industries that drive global inequality, racial injustice and climate crisis. We won’t let you gamble our chance at a better future away. It’s our money, our lives and our future at stake.
We demand that you cancel the debt burden that rests on the shoulders of countries whose stolen people and natural resources enabled the G20 countries’ vast wealth.
We demand you invest public money in a safe and just recovery for us all.
In July, the people that control the budgets of the world’s 20 richest countries – Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors – will meet to discuss how they will spend public money.
In the midst of a global health pandemic, where people have lost so much, will they opt for a ‘business as usual recovery’ and bail out industries that drive climate crisis and inequality – or will they spend money on what people need and want?
Our future hangs in the balance right now: our lives, our economies, our planet. This is public money – and we can not leave it to a small group of ministers to gamble with. We’re calling on them to use our money in ways that will benefit the many, not the wealthy few at the top of dying industries, like coal, oil and gas.
We want public money to be spent on dignified, safe, and green jobs; affordable, green mass public transport; and affordable, sustainable housing.
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Decisions made by rich economies will have a huge effect on the health and well-being of people around the world, particularly those already on the frontlines of the climate crisis. We must challenge these countries when the global spotlight is collectively on them.
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