Down to Earth: How to Achieve a Fossil-Free Recovery

This episode is about one of the biggest challenges of our times: recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic in a way that will put us on track to meet climate goals and build a resilient, fossil-free economy for current and future generations.

By Paulina Resich, Charly Blais on June 10, 2021


In early 2020, COVID-19 turned the world upside down. Almost immediately, people stopped travelling and commuting, oil prices crashed, and governments started preparing enormous stimulus packages. Our reality changed dramatically.

But there’s another crisis coming up behind the pandemic: the climate crisis.

When IISD Senior Communications Officer Paulina Resich saw the first results from the Energy Policy Tracker, a project that tracks funds for energy in recovery packages around the world, she was shocked by the amount of money governments were pledging to fossil fuels. It became clear that governments need to radically rethink recovery spending in order to avoid the catastrophic impacts of climate change.

In this episode of Down to Earth, join Paulina in conversation with leading energy experts to hear about solutions governments can use to rebuild their economies, put people first, and achieve a fossil-free recovery.