EconoFact Webinar Series: Economic and Environmental Consequences of the COVID-19 Crisis

May 13, 2020

How do we turn this crisis into an opportunity to create a
safe, fair, clean and green world?


United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres argues that international cooperation is instrumental for stopping the pandemic, ameliorating its economic destruction and, in so doing, fostering green jobs and sustainable growth that can slow climate change.

At a practical level, what does this mean? How do countries of the developed and developing worlds come together under the current, unprecedented circumstances?

The presentation and interactive discussion in this webinar will explore some of the questions that policymakers, people in the private sector, and those working for NGOs must  grapple with as they face the concurrent health and economic challenges of COVID-19 as well as climate change to create a world that is Safe, Fair, Clean and Green:

  • SAFE: Are there clear tradeoffs between lives and livelihoods when attempting to re-open an economy during a pandemic and, if so, how can these be addressed?
  • FAIR: The pandemic has an outsized effect, in terms of both health and economic insecurity, on the least well off. The response to it involves very large increases in government debt.  How do we address the inequities arising from this crisis?
  • CLEAN: How do we lower our dependence on fossil fuels?
  • GREEN: How do we deal with the crisis through actions that are “green” and, after the crisis abates, invest in infrastructure and projects that create green, sustainable jobs?

This presentation is part of a new webinar series hosted by EconoFact, published by The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Founded in 2017, EconoFact bridges the academic-policy divide by providing non-partisan, fact-based, accessible memos by leading researchers across the U.S. on timely economic policy issues.


  • Michael Klein, the William L. Clayton Professor of International Economic Affairs at The Fletcher School; Founder and Executive Editor of EconoFact.
  • Dean Rachel Kyte, the 14th dean of The Fletcher School, who was also among 100 climate scientists, environmental policy experts and green business figures recently recognized by Queen Elizabeth on her “2020 New Year Honours list.”
  • Megan E. Greene, a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School and a columnist for the Financial Times.

For any questions regarding this presentation, please contact Christine Dunn at 617.646.1044 or at



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