The following groups, companies, and individuals have all come out in support of a recovery that includes green and just principles. Information is provided in the language that it appears in the source material.

Canadian Groups and Organizations
International Groups and Organizations
International Examples
Polls

Canadian Groups and Organizations

Group Publication Quote
Corporate Knights Building back better with a bold green recovery (June 2020) "This document, put together with input from more than 100 of Canada’s most inspired minds, outlines a series of investments that the federal government could make to set Canada on a path to a resilient, net-zero economic recovery."
Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) Statement on the need for a green recovery out of the Covid-19 crisis (June 2020) "The economic response to the pandemic should therefore not be to re-build the old economy with the climate risks it presents, but to act now to lay the groundwork for an orderly transition to a more sustainable economy and climate-resilient financial system – a ‘green’ recovery."
Smart Prosperity Institute The Resilient Recovery Framework (May 2020) “Where possible, policies should not only ensure robust economic growth but also resiliency in the time of crisis from threats like extreme weather associated with climate change or future pandemics.”
IISD
Co-signed by Environmental Defence, Climate Action Network, Pembina Institute, David Suzuki Foundation, Conservation Council of New Brunswick, Sierra Club Canada, Stand.Earth, équiterre, Wilderness Committee, Greenpeace, Ecojustice, Leadnow, Ecology Action Centre
Green Strings: Principles and conditions for a green recovery from COVID-19 in Canada (June 2020) "We must seize this difficult moment to transform our economy and our institutions to serve vital public policy goals from environment to equity."
Efficiency Canada An energy-efficient economic recovery in three steps (May 2020) “There is significant momentum for the recovery from COVID-19 to be defined by building a cleaner and more resilient economy.”
Task Force for a Resilient Recovery Task Force Website and their Preliminary Report “Our focus should not be simply on returning to growth, but on growing smarter and cleaner to support a more resilient future.” (From their Backgrounder)
Clean50
Co-signed by 217 community leaders
Post COVID19: 217 Clean50 Leaders call for a #CleanReset for Canada (April 2020) “Today, a fair and just transition to a clean economy is not just the right choice – it is also the best economic choice for Canada – and one which can immediately put Canadians back to work with the jobs of the future.”
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) Healthy Recovery Plan “It now falls to us to simultaneously plan for a forward-looking economic recovery from the pandemic, and to plank the curve of our carbon emissions. This will improve health for all through outcomes like improved physical activity levels and reduced air pollution, and secure the future safety of young Canadians by reducing climate impacts.”
658 Community Organizations Just Recovery for All "...ensure that all policies and programs address the social, economic and environmental determinants of health and are responsive to the climate emergency, which is, in itself, a health crisis."
Institut de recherche et d'informations socioéconomiques (IRIS) La transition écologique juste : une nouvelle priorité de recherche pour l'IRIS "L’enjeu environnemental a été largement relégué au second plan depuis le début de la pandémie. Il devient pourtant de plus en plus préoccupant. Comment répondre à la crise écologique que nous traversons et qui pose une menace à notre existence même ?"
Citizens for Public Justice NFFN Brief Submission “End all subsidies to the fossil fuel industry and reinvest the money saved in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and skills development for workers currently employed in the oil and gas sector.”
David Suzuki Foundation NFFN Brief Submission “...the David Suzuki Foundation calls on the government to commit to aligning the federal recovery strategy and any stimulus measures with environmental priorities.”
Environmental Defence, Above Ground, Oil Change International NFFN Brief Submission “...the government should use this opportunity to build resilience to future crises and invest in a clean recovery that maximizes job creation.”
ClimateFast NFFN Brief Submission “Spending decisions must in our view accomplish climate action goals as well as boosting the economy.”
Canadians for Tax Fairness NFFN Brief Submission “...we need to invest more in a clean energy, retrofits and energy efficiency to create good clean jobs and stronger, and more sustainable economic growth.”
Horizon Advisors NFFN Brief Submission “As the Government of Canada assesses options for injecting capital into economic sectors in order to stimulate growth, it has an opportunity to prioritize investment that creates conditions to accelerate the transition to a low carbon future and avoid support for climate damaging activities.”
Clean Foundation NFFN Brief Submission “The time for action is now, and we must be brave and invest in a new, clean economy.”
The Atmospheric Fund NFFN Brief Submission “Post-pandemic, we have a pathway to economic recovery that also meets the priorities of our Paris agreement and the pan-Canadian framework.”
Ducks Unlimited Canada NFFN Brief Submission “...Canada must also emerge from this crisis on a more resilient, environmentally sustainable and economically sound footing…”
Energy Storage Canada NFFN Brief Submission “if stimulus dollars are used to reinforce existing systems, it will hamper Canada’s economic recovery and competitiveness, and result in higher ratepayer costs. Critically, it will also slow Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy.”
Climate Caucus NFFN Brief Submission “...we pledge our commitment to work with you to rebuild our communities into the sustainable, equitable future everyone deserves, and that we know is possible.”
Parkdale High-Park 4 Climate Action NFFN Brief Submission “We add our voices to those of many other individuals and groups across Canada in asking that you work towards a sustainable future for our country…”
Saxe Facts NFFN Brief Submission “Every government decision, especially Canada’s COVID-19 economic response, should be designed to build back better, not to bring back destructive industries and practices.”

International Groups and Organizations

Group Publication Quote
World Resources Institute (WRI) Nature is An Economic Winner for COVID-19 Recovery
International Energy Agency (IEA) Sustainable Recovery (June 2020)
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Building Back Better: A Sustainable, Resilient Recovery after COVID-19 (June 2020)
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Greening the Recovery (April 2020), Opening Remarks— COVID-19: Opportunities for a Green Recovery (May 2020), and Communiqué of the Forty First Meeting of the IMFC (April 2020) “The COVID-19 crisis won’t have a lasting impact on climate change, but the response will—fiscal policymakers should thus aim to make the recovery green.” (Fiscal Affairs Department) “we must do everything in our power to promote a ‘green recovery.’” (IMF Deputy Managing Director) They have also has promised monetary and financial security measures to drive strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth.
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Post-COVID recovery: An agenda for resilience, development and equality (June 2020) “Energy transition investment can boost GDP and create jobs in the 2021-23 recovery phase.”
World Bank Thinking ahead: For a sustainable recovery from COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (April 2020) Planning for the economic recovery from COVID-19: A sustainability checklist for policymakers (April 2020) “This offers a first opportunity to generate long-term benefits, beyond the current crisis: if sustainably designed, these improvements in health care and social protection can build resilience to future shocks, including natural disasters and the impacts of climate change.” They also published a list of sustainability criteria to guide government policymakers when assessing stimulus packages.
The United Nations Climate Change and COVID-19: UN urges nations to ‘recover better’ (April 2020) “With this restart, a window of hope and opportunity opens… an opportunity for nations to green their recovery packages and shape the 21st century economy in ways that are clean, green, healthy, safe and more resilient” – UN Climate Chief
World Health Organization (WHO) WHO Manifesto for a healthy recovery from COVID-19 (May 2020) “Decisions made in the coming months can either “lock in” economic development patterns that will do permanent and escalating damage to the ecological systems that sustain all human health and livelihoods, or, if wisely taken, can promote a healthier, fairer, and greener world. ”
World Economic Forum New Nature Economy Report II: The Future of Nature and Business (July 2020) “…15 transitions across the three systems can form the blueprint of action for nature-positive transitions which could generate up to US$10.1 trillion in annual business value and create 395 million jobs by 2030.”
McKinsey & Company Addressing climate change in a post-pandemic world (April 2020)
COP26 Universities Network A net-zero emissions economic recovery from COVID-19
Inter-American Development Bank Jobs in a net-zero emissions future in Latin America and the Caribbean (July 2020) “A green and inclusive recovery is essential to help confront the climate crisis and build a better future.”
90 French Corporations French corporates call for 'green and inclusive recovery' (May 2020) “Over 90 of France's largest businesses have issued a public call for the government to prioritise the country's 'ecological transition' in its economic recovery plans, reiterating their commitment to climate action.” (incl BNP Paribas, Siemens, GE, Deloitte, Arcelor-Mittal)
The Investor Agenda (Incl. Blackrock, citibank) The Investor Agenda founding partners call for a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic (May 2020) “Ultimately, in their recovery plans, governments should prioritise sustainability and equity, and accelerate the transition to a net zero emissions economy to mitigate climate risk, create new jobs, and catalyse the sustainable deployment of private capital.”
72 private and public sector leaders, including investors, former regulators, lawmakers, NGOs, and foundations 40 investors with nearly $1 trillion join other leaders to urge U.S. financial regulators to act on climate change as a systemic financial risk (July 2020) Signatories include investors with nearly $1 trillion in assets under management call upon (US) federal agencies to consider how their regulatory decisions could exacerbate the climate crisis and urging them “to implement a broader range of actions to explicitly integrate climate change across [their] mandates.”
The Energy Transition Commission 7 priorities to help the global economy recover (May 2020) “The ETC has defined some key priorities to help the global economy recover while building a healthier, more resilient, net-zero-emissions economy.”
Hepburn et al., Oxford University Will COVID-19 fiscal recovery packages accelerate or retard progress on climate change? (May 2020) “This paper identifies stimulus policies that are perceived to deliver large economic multipliers, reasonably quickly, and shift our emissions trajectory towards net zero.”
Central Banks of England, France, and the Netherlands The world must seize this opportunity to meet the climate challenge (June 2020) “The economic recovery plans being developed today offer the chance to build a sustainable, competitive new economy.”
Club of Rome
Co-signed by more than 3,500 scientists, policy-makers, and citizens
Open Letter to Global Leaders – A Healthy Planet for Healthy People (March 2020) “We call on leaders to have the courage, wisdom and foresight to seize the opportunity to make their economic recovery plans truly transformative by investing in people, nature and low carbon development.”
VividEconomics Greenness of Stimulus Index (July 2020) “Regardless of economic structure or past environmental performance, each country has the opportunity to steer its stimulus package to support nature and the climate.”
350 organisations representing over 40 million health professionals, and over 4,500 individual health professionals, from 90 different countries. Open letter to G20 leaders (May 2020) “A truly healthy recovery will not allow pollution to continue to cloud the air we breathe and the water we drink. It will not permit unabated climate change and deforestation, potentially unleashing new health threats upon vulnerable populations.”
National Employment Savings Trust (Nest), The UK’s biggest pension fund UK's biggest pension fund begins fossil fuels divestment (The Guardian, July 2020) “As the world’s economy slowly recovers from coronavirus, we want to ensure this recovery is a green one. We have a unique opportunity to support sustainable growth and transition towards a low-carbon economy.”
British Banks – Barclays, Triodos, etc Bankers for Net-Zero: Banks sign up to steer UK green recovery (July 2020) A post-pandemic, greener, recovery (Barclays, July 2020) “Barclays and Triodos are amongst the first five banks to sign up to a new commitment exploring how the banking sector can fund the net-zero transition to deliver a green recovery in the UK.”

International Examples

Country Description of Actions
Germany Germany Just Unveiled the World’s Greenest Stimulus Plan “the [130 billion euro] budget allocates about 41 billion euros to areas like public transport, electric vehicles and renewable energy…” Awaiting parliamentary approval
Finland Government reaches agreement on fourth supplementary budget proposal for 2020 (June 2020) “The Government is committed to choosing economic stimulus measures that also support its objective of making Finland the world's first carbon-neutral welfare state and halting the decline in biodiversity.”
France Five key takeaways from France's €100 billion COVID-19 recovery plan (July 2020) “As part of the [$100 billion] aid package, €20 billion would be spent on investment in tackling climate change, which includes renovating older buildings and more use of electric bikes.”
European Union EU green recovery package sets a marker for the world (May 2020) “The EU’s plan seeks to pour money into emissions-busting sectors: €91bn (£81bn) a year for home energy efficiency and green heating, €25bn of renewable energy, and €20bn for clean cars over two years, plus 2m charging points in five years. Up to €60bn will go to zero-emissions trains and the production of 1m tonnes of clean hydrogen is planned.” EU €750 billion Covid recovery fund comes with green conditions (May 2020)
South Korea South Korea Goes Green with Revised Recovery Plan “The revised ‘Korean New Deal’ aims to promote the development of environmentally friendly infrastructure, increased usage of renewable sources of energy such as solar and wind, and green businesses.”
Japan Japan to launch ‘green recovery’ platform and ministerial meeting (June 2020) “We should first reaffirm that economic recovery must not leave climate action behind. A virtuous cycle of environmental protection and economic growth will be a core part of the recovery strategy.” (Japanese Environment Minister)
Chile Chile charts path to greener, fairer future after coronavirus (April 2020) “As Chile fights COVID-19 against a backdrop of unresolved social tensions, the government hopes its strengthened plan to tackle climate change will help ease inequality while getting a green boost from economic recovery after the coronavirus outbreak.”
Nigeria The world’s ‘green recovery’ plans to cut emissions after coronavirus Reformed fossil fuel subsidy framework, saving $2 billion per year. The recovery plan includes a focus on promoting "sustainable research and development in renewable and alternative energy sources"
UK £2 billion green homes grant, £1 billion for greening public buildings, £100 million for CCS R&D
New Zealand

Polls

Group Publication Quote
IPSOS Poll Two thirds of citizens around the world agree climate change is as serious a crisis as Covid-19 – Ipsos survey (April 2020) "61% of Canadians agree or tend to agree that it is important that government actions prioritize climate change in the economic recovery after COVID-19"
Abacus Data Canadians are hoping for a “cleaner recovery” from pandemic (May 2020) “Canadians are open to a broad range of ideas that can help position Canada to attract investment and succeed in an economy of the future that is more oriented towards cleaner economic activity.”
Pollara Strategic Insights Poll: Canadians Want Economic Recovery to Include Nature Conservation & Indigenous Stewardship (July 2020) More than 70% of Canadians think it is important to include nature-based climate solutions like new protected areas as part of the new economic recovery measures, 70% want to include measures to support nature conservation, and 65% want to invest in Indigenous communities and northern/remote areas.
IPSOS (Commissioned) 84% of Canadians Support a Green Recovery Plan, Polling Finds (April 2020) 84% of Canadians would support or somewhat support a recovery plan that "prioritized investment in green sustainable industries".
McAllister British Columbians approve of province’s COVID-19 response & want more equitable, sustainable economy post recovery—regardless of party affiliation (July 2020) 73% of respondents (In BC) want governments to “build a better, more equitable and sustainable economy” after the pandemic versus “just rebuild the existing economy.”

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