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Article

24 Nov 2020

Author:
Ryan Schleeter, Amy Moas & Tim Donaghy, Greenpeace USA

Greenpeace USA’s policy agenda for a just recovery prioritises economic protections for people, health, justice & equity

Greenpeace USA’s Just Recovery Agenda offers a bold and transformational set of policies that policymakers must pursue to address the root causes of racial, environmental, and economic injustice... Creating a world beyond racial capitalism will also require shifts in power, mindsets, wealth and resources, and values... [T]he policy principles that shape Greenpeace USA’ s federal policy agenda for a just recovery [include]:

  • Health and well-being for communities:... [O]ur government must ensure that high-quality, affordable health care is guaranteed, pandemic vaccines are free and equitably distributed, all communities and individuals are safe, and basic human needs—including clean water, clean air, healthy food, and safe housing—are recognized as rights...
  • Living within planetary boundaries:... We must rapidly move to systems based on stewardship and renewal... Respecting the rights of Indigenous peoples and local communities must be central as we aim to achieve these goals...
  • Economic protections for people, not corporations:... [E]ven as working people and families have suffered throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, corporations and billionaires have thrived. We must address this disparity by designing a new economy that ensures a social safety net and dignified work, equitably redistributes wealth, offers accessible and clean infrastructure, and provides relief directly to the people...
  • Resiliency and preventing future crises...
  • Justice and equity across communities, generations, and borders...
  • Democratic decision-making and community control...
  • Balancing systemic change and planetary relief...

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