Blog post by CANARI Senior Technical Officer, Dr. Ainka Granderson:

As we celebrated International Day of Climate Action on October 24, 2020, CANARI Senior Technical Officer, Dr. Ainka Granderson, reflects on how a ‘green’ COVID-19 recovery can provide a key opportunity to increase ambition and action on climate change and build resilience in the Caribbean.


On September 29, 2020, Jamaica Prime Minister Hon. Andrew Holness highlighted that: “We must seize the opportunity this time around to make the global recovery plan sustainable to our climate and environment, empowering and uplifting of the poor, vulnerable and marginalised in our societies, and supportive of democratic and transparent governance” at the second high-level meeting of Heads of State and Government on development financing in light of COVID-19.

Mr. Holness’ call for investment in low-carbon, climate resilient development as part of COVID-19 recovery joins a growing number of calls for a ‘green recovery’ from world leaders, key global institutions like the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and United Nations and climate and environmental activists like Greta Thunberg, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Sir David Attenborough.

But what does a ‘green’ COVID-19 recovery mean in the Caribbean context and how can we leverage this opportunity to accelerate climate action and build resilience?

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Photo: A Solar project in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. PHOTO CREDIT: KENTON X. CHARLES/IPS.