Q: How do we ensure a ‘just transition’ to a net zero world? How do better off countries help countries and territories already experiencing the extremes of climate impacts and in the UK? How do we prioritise poorer communities and householders so they have solar panels and Teslas and not just the high net worth individuals who are insulated from the fuel price rise? Anon.
Fiona Harvey: A just transition to a net zero world can be achieved by redirecting the resources currently poured into fossil fuels into cleaner projects, such as renewable energy generation, electric vehicles, public transport, tree-planting and so on. Both short term and long term jobs can be created in this way, and it could be more profitable than pursuing a high-carbon future, research has shown. Here’s my piece on what a genuine green recovery from Covid-19 would look like, which gives an idea of some of the economic opportunites on offer in a just transition.