The Coronavirus pandemic has revealed that we cannot have a Green New Deal without a Just Recovery for communities most impacted by the pandemic. A Just Recovery means addressing historically unequal access to health care, providing both economic relief and more robust government services to proactively support the needs of our communities, and protecting our neighborhoods from environmental harms including air and water pollution. Existing injustices spread disadvantage and disease through social vectors like concentrated poverty, racial and economic segregation, pollution hotspots, and unequal access to social services like healthcare and childcare.
This section of the Hub highlights the interconnection between environmental issues and health and provides resources on how local Green New Deals can overcome health disparities and work towards a Just Recovery from COVID-19 and its fallout effects. Healthy people and neighborhoods are foundational to community vitality and all other Green New Deal projects and programs.