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  • Investing COVID-19 Stimulus Funds in Green Solutions Would Halt Climate Breakdown

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    In April 2020, Seoul Mayor joined his fellow mayors on the Global Mayors COVID-19 Recovery Task Force to seek ways for a green and just recovery from COVID-19 driven by a recognition that going back to business as usual is not an option for public health and the accelerating climate crisis.

    New research commissioned by the Task Force shows the benefits of green and just recovery for job creation, emissions reduction and health across the C40 Network’s 100 cities.

    The report makes clear that a green and just recovery would:

    ▪ Create over 50 million good, sustainable jobs by 2025, across the nearly 100 cities in the C40 newtork and their supply chaings. Over a third more than investing funds in a ‘high-carbon recovery’.

    ▪ Save lives by reducing air pollution by almost 30% in cities around the world. Such improvements could prevent 270,000 premature deaths over the next decade in C40’s nearly 100 member cities.

    ▪ More than halve greenhouse gas emission by 2030, getting on track to keep global heating below 1.5 degrees, unlike a return to bsiness as usual in which GHG emissions would continue to rise.

    Please go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2KETPOSSNU&t=11s for more details.

    The members of the Global Mayors COVID-19 Recovery Task Force are:
    Chair of the Task Force Mayor of Milan, Italy, Giuseppe Sala; Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Yvonne Aki Sawyerr; Secretary for the Environment of Hong Kong, China, KS Wong; Mayor of Lisbon, Portugal, Fernando Medina; Mayor of Rotterdam, Netherlands, Ahmed Aboutaleb; Mayor of Medellín, Colombia, Daniel Quintero Calle; Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Australia, Sally Capp; Mayor of Montréal, Canada, Valérie Plante; Mayor of New Orleans, USA, LaToya Cantrell; Mayor of Seattle, USA, Jenny Durkan; Mayor of Seoul, South Korea, Park Won-soon, was a member of the Task Force until his death. Acting Mayor Seo Jung-hyup replaced Mayor Park on behalf of the City of Seoul. C40’s Task Force was established in April 2020 by C40’s Chair and Steering Committee.

    About the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
    Around the world, C40 Cities connects 97 of the world’s greatest cities to take bold climate action, leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future. Representing 700+ million citizens and one quarter of the global economy, mayors of the C40 cities are committed to delivering on the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement at the local level, as well as to cleaning the air we breathe. The current chair of C40 is Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti; and three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board. C40’s work is made possible by our three strategic funders: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), and Realdania.