German environment minister Svenja Schulze, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Wolfgang Schäuble, the president of the country’s parliament, have cautioned that any recovery after the coronavirus pandemic should happen in a sustainable, future-proof and climate-friendly way.
Schulze called for an intensive exchange between governments across the globe on restarting the economies after the pandemic in a press conference preceding the Petersberg Climate Dialogue (PCD), an annual ministerial summit organized by the German government in preparation for the coming UN climate conference.
“The Paris Climate Agreement, which shows the way into a climate-neutral world, should continue to be our compass to modernize our economies and make them more climate-friendly and thus secure jobs,” said Schulze. “And unlike with the coronavirus, we already know the ‘vaccinations’ against the climate crisis.” As an example, the minister said funds should be invested in alternative mobility instead of the combustion engine. People across the globe currently have a sense of what a crisis feels like, she said. “I trust that an increasing number will be ready to do more against the long-term environmental risks, the climate crisis, and the destruction of eco-systems.”