Open Letter:

Principles for a
#JustRecovery
from COVID-19

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Choices we make today will shape our society, economy, health, and climate for decades to come.

We, the undersigned, call for a united global response to this COVID-19 pandemic that ensures a just recovery and transition to a better future for those most in need in the wake of this crisis.

 

Responses at every level must uphold these five principles:

  1. Put people’s health first, no exceptions.

  2. Provide economic relief directly to the people.

  3. Help our workers and communities, not corporate executives.

  4. Create resilience for future crises.

  5. Build solidarity and community across borders – do not empower authoritarians.

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We are calling for a global response to COVID-19 that ensures a just recovery for everyone in the wake of this crisis. Responses at every level must uphold these five principles:

1. Health is the top priority, for all people, with no exceptions.
2. Provide economic relief directly to the people.
3. Rescue workers and communities, not corporate executives.
4. Create resilience for future crises.
5. Build solidarity and community across borders – do not empower authoritarians.

The COVID-19 pandemic demands swift and unprecedented action from national governments and the international community. Choices being made right now will shape our society for years, if not decades to come. As policymakers take steps to ensure immediate relief and long-term recovery, it is imperative that they consider the interrelated crises of wealth inequality, racism, and ecological decline – notably the climate crisis, which were in place long before COVID-19, and now risk being intensified.

This is a time to be decisive in saving lives, and bold in charting a path to a genuinely healthier and more equitable future for all through a just recovery.

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The Open Letter

The COVID-19 pandemic demands swift and unprecedented action from national governments and the international community.

Choices being made right now will shape our society for years, if not decades to come.

As decision-makers take steps to ensure immediate relief and long-term recovery, it is imperative that they consider the interrelated crises of wealth inequality, racism, and ecological decline – notably the climate crisis, which were in place long before COVID-19, and now risk being intensified.

This is a time to be decisive in saving lives, and bold in charting a path to a genuinely healthier and more equitable future through a Just Recovery.

We, the undersigned organisations, call for a global response to COVID-19 to contribute to a just recovery. Responses at every level must uphold these five principles:

1.   Put people’s health first, no exceptions.

Resource health services everywhere; ensure access for all.

2.   Provide economic relief directly to the people.

Focus on people and workers – particularly those marginalised in existing systems – our short-term needs and long-term conditions.

3.   Help workers and communities, not corporate executives.

Assistance directed at specific industries must be channeled to communities and workers, not shareholders or corporate executives, and never to corporations that don’t commit to tackling the climate crisis.

4.   Create resilience for future crises.

We must create millions of decent jobs that will help power a just recovery and transition for workers and communities to the zero-carbon future we need.

5.   Build solidarity and community across borders – don’t empower authoritarians.

Transfer technology and finance to lower-income countries and communities to allow them to respond using these principles and share solutions across borders and communities. Do not use the crisis as an excuse to trample on human rights, civil liberties, and democracy. 

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1 Million Women | 350.org | 350 Ghana Reducing Our Carbon (350GROC) | 350 Maine | 350 Pilipinas | 350 Taiwan | 350HK | 50by40 | Abibiman Foundation | AbibiNsroma Foundation | About Face: Veterans Against the War | About Face: Veterans Against the War | ACAPE BURUNDI| African Climate Reality Project | Aksi Ekologi & Emansipasi Rakyat (AEER) | Alaska Clean Water Advocacy | Alliance for Empowering Rural Communities | Alliance2015 | alofa tuvalu | Alyansa Tigil Mina (Alliance to Stop Mining) | Am Puls der Erde | Amazon Watch | American Jewish World Service (AJWS) | Antalya Ekoloji Meclisi| Antique Human Development Program (AHDP), Inc. | Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Foundation | Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development | Asociatia Quantic | Association des 3 hérissons |Association for human rights and civic responsibility | Attac France | Avaaz | AYICC | Bakırtepe Environmental Platform (Bakırtepe Çevre Platformu) | BAN Toxics | Bargny coast waterkeeper | Beyond Boundaries | Beyond Nuclear | Big Idea Rainbow Foundation | Biofuelwatch | Blocul Pentru Locuire | Break Free from Plastic | Bukluran para sa Inang Kalikasan | California Climate and Agriculture Network | Campaign against Climate Change |CAN International | Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation | Căși sociale ACUM!/ Social Housing NOW! | Center for Biological Diversity| Center for Emergency Aid, Rehabilitation and Development (CONCERN) Inc.| Center for International Environmental Law | Centre for Environmental Justice | Cercle des Grands Pionniers | Çevre ve Arı Koruma Derneği | Chance Lab Association, hosting the Hungarian Anti Poverty Network | Change Partnership | Chrétiens unis pour la terre | Christine Thomson Counselling and Facilitation | CIDSE | Citizens | Resistance At Fermi Two (CRAFT) | CIVICUS | CLEEN network | Climate Action Moreland (Australia) | Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe | Climate Action Rhode Island | Climate Action RI | Climate Justice Edmonton | Climate Justice Programme | Climate Rangers | Climate Scorecard | Climate WIse Women | ClimateKeys | Coalition for Bicol Development, Inc. | Coordinadora de Pueblos y Organizaciones del Oriente del Estado de Mexico en Defensa de la Tierra, el Agua y su Cultural  | Corporate Accountability | Crowdforest | Culture Unstained | debtWATCH Indonesia | deCOALonize Campaign | Defend Democracy |Democracy for America | Desire Foundation, Cluj-Napoca, Romania | Don’t nuke the climate | Earth Ethics, Inc. | Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light | Earthlife Africa | ECOLISE | Energy Transition Coalition | European Community Organizing Network | European May | European Network Against Racism (ENAR) | Extinction Rebellion Germany | Fairosene | Faith For Future | Fast For the Climate | Finnish Asiatic Society | Flight Free Australia | Foça Çevre ve Kültür Platformu (FOÇEP) | Food in Neighborhoods Community Coalition | Forest, Nature and Environment Aceh (Yayasan HAkA) | Friends of the Baltic | Friends of the Earth Europe | Friends of the Earth Scotland | Fundacja Rzecz Społeczna | Gasp | GenderSmart Investing Summit | Generation Zero | Giniw Collective | Global Anti-Aerotropolis Movement (GAAM) | Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation- GIFSEP | Global justice now | GO LOCAL Sonoma County | GOB Mallorca | GoGreen Technologies | Grandmothers Advocacy Network | Grassroots Global Justice Alliance | Green New Deal for Europe | Green New Deal UK | Greenpeace | Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) | Health in Justice Action Lab, Northeastern University School of Law | Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) | Hermeneo | Hip Hop Caucus | Hive Global | HOPE LAND CONGO | Human Rights Centre ZMINA | Indigenous Environmental Network – International | Indivisible | Indivisible South Bay LA | Indonesian Center for Environmental Law | Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, Skopje | International Climate Change Development Initiative | International Climate Development Institute (ICDI) | International Refugee Assistance Project | Islamic Relief Worldwide | Jeunes Verts Togo | JPIC Franciscans Africa | JUPD NGO | Kairos Center for Transformation and Empowerment | Kikandwa Environmental Association | Klima Action Malaysia – KAMY | Korea Federation for Environmental Movements | Korea Zero Waste Movement Network | Kryvyi Rih Human Rights Union | La Ruta del Clima | Labor Network for Sustainability | Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center – FoE PH | LIFT Economy | Madden Sainsbury Foundation | Manchester Metropolitan University | Mining affected communities united in action (MACUA) | Movement Against Foreclosure Cyprus | Mugla Environmental Platform (Muğla Çevre Platformu) | Multi-Sectoral Action Group (MSAG) of Aurora | National Family Farm Coalition | Nature Conservation Advocates For Climate Initiative NCACI | New Weather Institute | NGO “DYC “DOBRO” | NGO “Ecoclub”| NGO “Gamarjoba”| 350 CÔTE D’IVOIRE | Forum on ADB |Jeunes Volontaires pour l’Environnement Benin (JVE-BENIN)| NGO Sinop/Turkey | NoJets Santa Monica Airport | Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance | Nuclear Consulting Group | Nuclear Information and Resource Service | Numi Foundation | O.ZERO | Occidental Arts and Ecology Center | Ocean Collective | Oil Change International | OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon | Organizacion en California de Lideres Campesinas, Inc. | Oxfam in the Pacific | Oxfam International | Pacific Environment | Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN) | Parents for Climate (Eltern fürs Klima) | Parsonson Architects | People’s Action | People’s Justice Council | Physicians for Social Responsibility | Physicians for Social Responsibility Pennsylvania | Plastic Pollution Coalition | Plato | Polen Ekoloji Kolektifi | Population Health Environment Ethiopia Consortium | Population Health Environment Ethiopia Consortium | Portland Raging Grannies | Pragya Seeds Nepal | Pravo na grad | Public and Commercial Service Trade Union UK | PUSH Buffalo | Rainforest Action Network | RAPEN | Research-Intellectual Club “Dialogue of Generations” | Rethinking Schools | Sanlakas Philippines | Saplinq | Schokofahrt | Sibol Ng Agham At Teknolohiya (SIBAT) | Sierra Club | Social Economy Development Foundation | Stand | Stand.earth | Stay Grounded | Steady State Manchester | StrongGogo | SumOfUs | Sunrise Movement | Sunrise Movement Bowling Green | Sustaining Way | SustainUS | Taiwan Watch Institute | Tax Justice UK | The Good Lobby | The Heschel Center for Sustainability | The Last Plastic Straw | The Leap | The Million Person Project | TierrActiva Peru | Tipping Point | Transition Bristol | Trend Asia | Unique Planet NGO | Unis Pour Le Climat | United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE) | United Methodist Women | Unlock Democracy | UPSTREAM | urgewald | US Food Sovereignty Alliance | Volontariat action mobilite | Wallace Global Fund | War on Want | WKU Queer Student Union | WKU Young Democratic Socialists of America | Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) | Women’s Climate Justice Collective | Workforce Movement | Working Families Party| YES! | Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines | Youth Strike 4 Climate Philippines | YUVA | Zero Waste Maldives

EFICOR | Movement for a People’s Party | Balance & Fairconditioning | Sierra Leone School Green Clubs (SLSGC) | Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability (BCNUEJ) | echotango | Kazdagi Association for the Protection of Natural and Cultural Assets | Kazdağı Doğal ve Kültürel Varlıkları Koruma Derneği | Scientists for Global Responsibility | Ekoloji Birliği (Union of Ecology)-Turkey | ARTICLE 19 | Green Economy Association – Morocco| Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance | AWID (Association for Women’s Rights in Development) | Fund for Democratic Communities | Itach-Ma’aki: Women Lawyers for Social Justice | Climate Justice Alliance | Beacon of Light Ministries, United People | Mersin Nükleer Karşıtı Platform (NKP) | Working Families Party | Mersin Ekoloji Forumu | Climate Justice Alliance | Endangered Species Coalition | Friends of Milwaukee’s Downtown Forest | Green Liberty| Presente.org | Seiu Local 32BJ | Win Without War | United We Dream | Resource Generation | The Enviro Show |Operation Noah | eco-union | Brighter Green | Yenifoça Forum | Climate Action Network Canada | Friends of the Earth Ireland | Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice | Mothers Out Front | Concerned Ohio River Residents | Centar za životnu sredinu/ Friends of the Earth Bosnia and Herzegovina | The Climate Reality Project | Native Organizers Alliance | Munzur Çevre Derneği | Munzur Çevre Derneği | 350 Australia | Climate Reality Action Fund | Philippine Misereor Partnership Incorporated | Penuel School of Theology | Kalikasan Peoples Network for the Environment | Agham Youth | UP Saribuhay | Center for Environmental Concerns | Philippine Movement for Climate Justice | The California Allegory | 350 Triangle | Cassowary Keystone Conservation | Zomer Zonder Viegen | Tipping Point | Culture Unstained | Water Grabbing Observatory | New Covenant Christian Centre | Academia Cidadã – Citizenship Academy | Žít Laudato si’ Česká republika | Bretton Woods Project | Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice | United Social Ventures | The Gaia Foundation | Health Poverty Action | Custom Collaborative | Inspire| Environmental/Climate Justice Hub, UC Santa Barbara | Jubilee Debt Campaign | Catholic Divestment Network | Climate Tracker | The Oakland Institute | MoveGreen | SAVE THE WATERS OF IBAAN MOVEMENT (SWIM) | Steinbeis Center for Innovation and Sustainable Leadership | 350 Russia | Derby Peace Week | Ayvalık Tabiat Platformu | Ayvalık Tabiat Derneği | Goal Number Seven | Koalisi Pantau Gambut (Peat Monitoring Coalition) | Derby Climate Coalition | Green House Think Tank | Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation Franciscans Africa | Greenlobby | Fridays For Future Italia | Alliance Sud – Swiss Alliance of Development Organisations | Católicos en Red | British Psychological Society Community Psychology Section | Global Catholic Climate Movement | People Surge Philippines | Green New Deal Group | Partera International | The Esperanza Project | Derbyshire Climate Coalition | Oxfam South Africa | Oxfam South Africa | Climáximo | Seventh Generation | 350 Colorado | Thames Headwaters Bioregion Forum | Bloque Latinoamericano Berlín | 350 Ottawa | University of Toronto Environmental Action (UTEA) | Surrey for Future | Older Women’s Network | Oak Bay Climate Force | Christian Climate Action | Fridays For Future Russia | NGO “Unique Planet” | Mother Earth Justice Advocates (MEJA) | Corporate Europe Observatory | Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA) | UKSCN | Extinction Rebellion Nova Scotia | EFA London (English for Action) | 350.ORG Brasil | Sierra Club BC | Pacific Climate Warriors | EcoHimal Nepal | Respeito | Ethical Consumer | People’s Health Movement UK | Ekosfer | Türkiye Tabiatını Koruma Derneği Ayvalık Temsilciliği | Climate and Health Alliance, Australia | Kozalak Association | Bittner Software UniOIKOSBIT | Green Left Party of Turkey/Yeşil Sol Parti | CIDAC – Centro de Intervenção para o Desenvolvimento Amílcar Cabral | foça forum | Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll) | Canadian Federation of Students | New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance | Carbon Busters Inc. | Makemobile | The Climate Reality Project Canada | Extinction Rebellion Youth Australia | Alter Trade Foundation Inc. | Negros Organic and Fair Trade Association | Klimabündnis Hamm | Žiedinė ekonomika | PLANTiful Apothecary | Physicians for Social Responsibility Wisconsin | WeForest | PowerShift e.V. | For Our Grandchildren | Bioneers | World For Good | Florida For Good | Science for Peace | Finance Innovation Lab | Institute for Multi-Stakeholder Initiative Integrity | Tree of Life Playschool | Moroccan Alliance for Climate and Sustainable Development | Mediterranean Youth Climate Network | Moroccan Alliance for Climate and Sustainable Development | Mediterranean Youth Climate | Network DLR Prerna | Zero Waste Himalaya  | Groupe Non-Violent LOUIS LECOIN  | Citizens for Public Justice | Waterloo en Transition | Psychologists for Social Change | Inter Pares | anders wachsen | Aotearoa New Zealand Plastic Pollution Alliance  | The Fund For Santa Barbara | Dogwood | Fossielvrij NL | Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES-Ghana) | Favela no Poder | 350 Tacoma | Pasco Activists | MiningWatch Canada | 3% Project | Caixa de Mitos | Millennial Womxn in Policy | Temiz Hava Hakkı Platformu / Right to Clean Air Platform | TEMA Vakfı | Action Environnement Basses-Laurentides (Québec) | Jubilee Scotland | 350.org Vinnitsya | REload Kyiv | Social project «Ekoltava» | NGO Social Initiative “City of the Sun” | NGO “International movement eco culture” | Fridays for Future Guelph | Society for the Protection of Nature in Kremenchuk | Prosocial Community | Khmelnytskyi energy cluster | Goliathwatch | Campaign Against Arms Trade | Amics de la Terra Mallorca | The Jellyfish Project | OneEarth Solutions | A Thousand Friends of Virginia’s Future | California Public Banking Alliance | Campaign Against Arms Trade  | UK Youth Climate Coalition | Zero Carbon Britain Hub | 350Tokyo | Peace is Loud | FossilFree Lueneburg – Germany | BridgingVentures | Students Organising for Sustainability – UK  | Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) | Toronto Environmental Alliance | Asia Pacific Forum on Women Law and Development | Gastivists Collective | Sciences Po Zero Fossile | Yessenov University  | San Francisco Public Bank Coalition | Centre for Social Innovation | Disarmament and Security Centre | Transition Edinburgh | Portland Youth Climate Council | London Mining Network | Alternativa Verda | Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change | Fight Inequality Alliance (FIA) | Cooperation Humboldt | Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland | DecarboniseNow | Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc | Trapeze | Solidarity and development Niger (SADEN) | La Grotta di Guizzo Azzurro | Modern Money Australia Inc. | MN350 | COESUS Coalicion Latinoamericana contra el Fracking por el Clima Água y Vida | ARAYARA FOUNDATION | Instituto Internacional Arayara | Não Fracking Brasil | OCM Observatório do Carvão Mineral | OPG Observatório do Petróleo e Gás | Cedea | Fada fuerza accion y defensa ambiental | FMA – Forum do Movimento Ambientalista do Paraná | INSTITUTO ARAYARA DEL ARGENTINA | Asociación Civil Ambientalista de Salto | Observatorio Latinoamericano para la Acción Climática (OLAC) | Apremavi – Associação de Preservação do Meio Ambiente e da Vida | Cobh Zero Waste | News and Letters Committees | Bliss Belly Kitchen | Vrienden van Toamasina | Stirling University Environmental Enterprise |
We are one | Centre for Social Innovation | GreenLatinos | Orfe EcoArt Progrm | Circular Economy Portugal | Israel trauma coalition | PASUMAI THAAYAGAM Foundation (Green Motherland) | Leeds Tidal | Long Beach 350 | Nemolchi.uz | Taunton Green Parents | Robin Hood Tax Campaign | Dundrum Climate Vigil | Canadian Federation of Students | Bali C19 Solidarity | Bajoom Ltd | Deep Time Walk Project | Slow Food Deutschland | System Change not Climate Change | Universal Rights Network | 350 Kenya | Youth initiative programs Uganda | Community Initiative for Rural Development (CIFORD) | Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation | Center for Biologicial Diversity | Centre for Citizens Conserving ( CECIC) | Manchester Friends of the Earth |World Student Christian Federation – Latin America | 350 Milwaukee | Interfaith Earth Network of Southeastern Wisconsin | Erie Benedictines for Peace | Realise Earth | Alianza Clima Vida y salud internacional  | FOCSIV Italian Federation Christian NGOs | Weaving Earth, center for relational education (WE) | Seventh Awakening | Women’s Empowerment in Indian Villages | Greens Japan | Lirata | Baltimore for Border Justice | Youme.ie | Canopy | Project 90 by 2030 | 350 South Florida

Last updated: 21 May 2020

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