Principles for a Just Recovery
Our worlds have been disrupted. In some ways, this is a good thing, as our "old normal" was severely broken and inequitable. We now have the opportunity to collectively create a more sustainable and just "new normal."
Our friends at #breakfreefromplastic created the Principles for a Just Recovery which is crucial for the rebuilding of our communities. These principles are:
1. Prioritize health for people and planet
Public health must be protected, prioritizing frontline workers, fenceline communities, and vulnerable populations. Environments and human rights of impacted countries and communities cannot be compromised by the business interests of the global elite.
2. Invest in solutions, not bailouts
Deprioritize and divest from extractive industries and their boom and bust cycles. Transition the workforce into sustainable economies with free training programs. Bailouts must be investments in community resiliency, not corporate interests.
3. Replace single-use with sustainable systems
Single-use must be replaced with sustainable product delivery systems. The externalized costs from extraction to disposal must be eliminated.
4. Demand corporate and government accountability
Corporate responsibility and accountability must be consistent in all regions where companies do business. Government policies must ensure countries manage their own waste. Policy is informed by credible, third-party science.
5. Engage impacted communities
Support community efforts to hold industry accountable for impacts. Regulators must measure and monitor emissions and health impacts. Policies that impact communities must respond to the impacts upon frontline communities.
We look forward to rebuilding with you.