Why 2021 is a huge year for a green and just recovery from the coronavirus pandemic
5 April 2021
Everyone is hoping that 2021 will still turn out to be a better year than 2020.
There's some way to go before the end of the coronavirus pandemic, but with the vaccine rollout well underway in the UK, plans are being drawn up for life post-Covid.
Yet Pope Francis has warned that the rush to return to normal risks leaving many of the world’s problems unsolved.
So that's why we at CAFOD are campaigning to reclaim our common home in 2021 – making sure the recovery from the pandemic includes everyone and tackles global poverty, injustice and the climate crisis.
And we need your help to do it.
Why the eyes of the world will be on the UK in 2021
The UK government will be hosting two major international meetings this year.
The G7 summit will bring together the heads of government from seven of the world's richest countries between 11-13 June 2021.
The UK will also be hosting the UN ‘COP26’ climate talks in Glasgow between 1-12 November 2021. This will be the largest gathering of world leaders ever to take place on British soil.
Both of the conferences will be crucial moments for leaders to tackle the climate crisis and cancel unjust debts for developing countries.
And with the UK taking on the G7 and COP26 presidency, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be under pressure to make sure world leaders at the talks show the ambition needed for a transformative global recovery from the pandemic.
2021 is the year to reclaim our common home
Liam Finn, Campaigns Manager at CAFOD, said:
“All of our lives have been turned upside down in the past year and we all want to go back to normal as soon as possible.
“But the last thing we want to do is to go back go back to the injustices and inequalities of the ‘old’ normal which have made this crisis even worse.
“We in the UK have a massive part to play in building a better normal, calling on Boris Johnson to show the leadership we desperately need at the key meetings the UK is hosting this year.
“Pope Francis has spoken about how the start of the pandemic reminded us that we’re all in the same boat as one global family.
“If we’re going to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, that’s the crucial lesson we need to show we've learnt in 2021.”