Consider 3 GREEN Recovery measures
She said in 2018…..Bernadette Fischler,
I call 2020 the ‘super year’ because for nature, and therefore for us humans, that could be the year it could all change.
Head of Advocacy for the 2020 Project (wwf)
We have met the enemy, and they are us.
Our survival depends on treating nature with more respect
We don’t OWN the Earth. said Jane Goodall
The rest of the animal species on planet Earth are only looking for FOOD.
The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) CONVENED BY:
The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) is an independent monitoring and accountability body to ensure preparedness for global health crises. Comprised of political leaders, agency principals and world-class experts, the Board provides an independent and comprehensive appraisal for policy makers and the world about progress towards increased preparedness and response capacity for disease outbreaks and other emergencies with health consequences. In short, the work of the GPMB will be to chart a roadmap for a safer world.
Created in response to recommendations by the UN Secretary General’s Global Health Crises Task Force in 2017, the GPMB was co-convened by the World Health Organization and the World Bank Group and formally launched in May 2018.
Press Statement on A World in Disorder, 2020 GPMB report
14 September 2020
COVID-19 has taken advantage of a world in disorder, causing catastrophic health, social, and economic consequences and irreparable harm to humanity. This will not be the last global health emergency. The world simply cannot afford to be unprepared again, warns the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board in its second report ‘A World in Disorder.’
GPMB Statement ahead of the 74th World Health Assembly
21 May 2021
The GPMB welcomes emerging consensus on the need for bold, decisive and urgent action to end this pandemic and calls upon Member States to deliver equitable access to effective countermeasures and address systemic failures.
COVID-19: Make it the Last Pandemic
The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response
Seized by the gravity of the crisis, in May 2020 the World Health
Assembly requested the Director-General of WHO to initiate an impartial,
independent, and comprehensive review of the international health
response to COVID-19 and of experiences gained and lessons learned
from that, and to make recommendations to improve capacities for the
future. [The] report to the World Health Assembly in May 2021.
HAVE YOU HEARD OF COVAX?
At an early stage during this pandemic, it quickly became apparent that to end this global crisis we don’t just need COVID-19 vaccines, we also need to ensure that everyone in the world has access to them. No one is safe unless Everyone is safe. This triggered global leaders to call for a solution that would accelerate the development and manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as diagnostics and treatments, and guarantee rapid, fair and equitable access to them for people in all countries. Today we have that solution – COVAX. The result of an extraordinary and unique global collaboration, with more than two-thirds of the world engaged – COVAX has the world’s largest and most diverse portfolio of COVID-19 vaccines, and as such represents the world’s best hope of bringing the acute phase of this pandemic to a swift end.
GAVI the Vaccine Alliance
By the late 1990s, the progress of international immunisation programmes was stalling. At the heart of the challenge was an acute market failure; powerful new vaccines were becoming available, but lower-income countries simply could not afford most vaccines. … a group of founding partners brought to life an elegant solution to encourage manufacturers to lower vaccine prices for the poorest countries in return for long-term, high-volume and predictable demand from those countries.
In 2000, that breakthrough idea became the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation – today Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance – a global Vaccine Alliance, bringing together public and private sectors with the shared goal of saving lives and protecting people’s health by increasing equitable and sustainable use of vaccines. find out more
COVAX Facility – the vaccine procurement platform. the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in [human] history.
Gavi is coordinating the development and implementation of the COVAX Facility platform. The COVAX Facility will make investments across a broad portfolio of promising vaccine candidates (including those being supported by CEPI) to make sure at-risk investment in manufacturing happens now. This means the COVAX Facility, by pooling purchasing power from all countries that participate, will have rapid access to doses of safe and effective vaccines as soon as they receive regulatory approval.
Country readiness & delivery
Gavi is working with Alliance partners UNICEF and WHO to ensure that the infrastructure is in place, and the technical support available, to make sure COVID-19 vaccines can be safely delivered to all those who need them.
As the largest single vaccine buyer in the world, UNICEF has a unique and longstanding expertise in procurement and logistics to help children in need. UNICEF procures more than 2 billion doses of vaccines annually for routine immunization and outbreak response on behalf of nearly 100 countries. We are the main procurement partner of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and have helped reach more than 760 million children with life-saving vaccines over the last 20 years, preventing more than 13 million deaths.
Urgent lessons from COVID 19: why the world needs a standing, coordinated system and sustainable financing for global research and development
Conclusion: seizing the current momentum
March 2021… Rather than take … risks with the global economy of the future, a crucial step in preparedness is surely to create and maintain a system of global financing enabled to step in quickly to help finance the end-to-end components of the R&D ecosystem and ensure global equitable access to these products. Although this financial mechanism will surely be politically challenging, the time to start building such a system is now, with the ongoing experience with COVID-19 as a daily reminder of the needs going forward. Determining what scientific advances are required, as well as how these elements will be mobilised, funded, and orchestrated, is work that must and can be done now, before the world moves on to its next crisis, still suffering from the impacts of COVID-19.
Cease-fire on the Vaccine Front!
(or the beginnings of a worldwide system)
04 November 2020
…The Covax facility enables governments to spread the risk of vaccine development and ensure their populations can have early access to effective vaccines, he added. A statement attributed to a former head of the World Health Organisation gives a better idea of the healthcare market mechanism.
According to Gro Harlem Brundtland, spending $5 (£3.90) per person annually on global health security over the next five years could prevent a future “catastrophic” pandemic.
It would cost the world around $40 billion annually, but that amount would be a huge saving on the $11 trillion response to Covid-19, said Brundtland, who had sounded alarm over the threat of a fast-spreading deadly pandemic last September. The costs are based on estimates by McKinsey & Company, which found the average annual costs to prepare for pandemic over the next five years would be equivalent to $4.70 per capita. Brundtland, co-chair of the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) and a former prime minister of Norway, sees it as a collective failure to take prevention and response seriously and to prioritise it. “We are all paying the price,” she said.“We knew it was a real threat, which is why we called the alarm,” Brundtland said. “We saw the preparedness was far from what it should have been at that time. ”Coronavirus has provided a harsh test that proved them right, she said. “Because what we are in the middle of can happen again. We need to be better prepared.”
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Don’t we need to think more carefully about what is “essential”.
♥ ESSENTIAL WORKERS
“As someone who worked as a waiter for seven years, I was losing sleep thinking about how much the landscape of what it meant to work in restaurants — not just in terms of earnings, but that whole experience — was completely shifted literally overnight,” Wilson said.
“One minute you are important enough. The next minute, you aren’t that important to get the proper equipment, but you are important enough to clean for the next patient…It shouldn’t take such a trying time for us to get recognized, considering we are the heart of the hospital.” – Andrea, Housekeeper, Hospital
Many essential workers are in “low-prestige” jobs.
Time to change our attitudes – and policies?
The pandemic has exposed the divisions within the labor market in terms of pay, benefits and flexibility, which in turn reflect growing disparities of power. Of course, there will always be jobs that that require different kinds of training and skills, with different wage levels, and varying levels of authority. And our data long pre-date Covid-19. But as essential workers, both seen and unseen, continue to do their jobs in the midst of a pandemic, despite the risks, it is time to rethink our current perceptions about job status, and respect work for what it is – work.
As for Doug Washington, he has little hope that elected officials will come to the rescue. He just wishes, for all the work that they do, that sanitation workers were treated with more respect.
“All we ask is that we are treated in good faith,” said Washington, “especially when you know every day they are risking their lives, even more than they were before.”
With volumes down, New York City commercial waste workers struggle to adjust
DEC. 2020 Although the Heroes Act was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in May, it has failed to gain traction in the Senate. The more than $900 billion relief package passed by Congress this week does not include hazard pay for essential workers.
A Message from Waste Pickers in Lagos (Nigeria). International Waste Pickers Day 2021
The waste pickers in Lagos – Nigeria, are firm in seeking real and effective inclusion for waste pickers in the waste management chain. They are calling for recognition as legitimate workers by waste management authorities and producers responsibility organisations.
Recently, I was mesmerized by a prep cook. At a strip-mall Korean restaurant, I caught a glimpse of the kitchen and stood dumbfounded for a few minutes, watching a guy slicing garnishes, expending half the energy I would if I were doing the same at home and at twice the speed. The economy of his cooking was magnetic. He moved so little, but did so much.
Being a prep cook is hard, low-wage, and essential work, as the past year has so horribly proved. It is also a “low-skill” job held by “low-skill workers,” at least in the eyes of many policy makers and business leaders, who argue that the American workforce has a “skills gap” or “skills mismatch” problem that has been exacerbated by the pandemic.
Low-Skill Workers Aren’t a Problem to Be Fixed
April 2021 – The label “low-skill” flattens workers to a single attribute, ignoring the capacities they have and devaluing the jobs they do.
Ten years on, decent work for Asia Pacific domestic workers
…during one of my last interviews, an employer surprised me.
“I want to make sure you’re evaluating us, for fit, too,” she said. They wanted to know what kind of support and flexibility I would need from them in order to do the job to the best of my ability.
After all the interviews I had participated in, this was the first time in my life that an organization/company considered me and my family life when evaluating whether I was right for them — and asked me to do the same. …
…In order to be a great mom, partner and employee, I need help. At the end of the day, I want to be part of an organization that values me as a person, recognizes that I am only human, and offers the flexibility and support I need to manage a balance between my work and family life. Everyone should have the same choice. …
…I consider my family to be one of the lucky ones. I finally feel hopeful again because I’ve finally made it over the finish line and been offered a full-time position in my field, from the organization that wanted to be sure I was evaluating them for fit just as they were for me….
…It’s time for employers to see their employees as people who have whole lives outside of work.
The pandemic introduced the term “essential worker” to our lexicon: not just healthcare workers and essential public services, but also delivery people, janitors, grocery store workers, farm labourers and factory workers packaging food. These jobs are often underpaid, yet the pandemic has made the social worth of these jobs obvious.
10 areas to create a better, more resilient future – The great Reset
The coronavirus shows us clearer than ever before that “all labor has dignity.”
April 24, 2020 – Fifty-two years ago, when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously asserted “the dignity of all work”, he seemed to foresee this moment when it would become so clear that the labor of everyone — farmworkers, grocers, delivery drivers, caregivers, nursing assistants — was essential to all of our health and well-being.
“One day,” Dr. King told sanitation workers on strike in Memphis in 1968, “our society will come to respect the sanitation worker if it is to survive, for the person who picks up our garbage, in the final analysis, is as significant as the physician, for if he doesn’t do his job, diseases are rampant. All labor has dignity.”
…Today, we are forced to confront the dissonance between our nation’s labeling of workers as “essential” and “heroes” and their limited wages, benefits and ability to organize. …
…There has also never been a more fitting time to legislate the principle that if there is dignity in all work, there must be a dignified wage for all workers.
What is skilled work?
What is essential work?
All jobs have skills – and we are learning rather quickly, that mental skills without physical skills is not healthy.
take WASTE! So many essential jobs are connected to WASTE, dust, dirt
- Hospital cleaner – Removed and washed used beds and mattresses, after patient discharge
- Sanitation Pallet Jack worker – Utilize a pallet jack to take out trash, broken down boxes, and other materials around the warehouse
- Recyclable Materials worker – Assisted with separating HAZMAT and non-HAZMAT materials into proper trash receptacles for proper disposal or recycle
- Sanitation USDA worker – Clean and sanitized poultry equipment to USDA standards so 1st could start running chicken in a clean and sanitized environment
- Sanitation PPE – Personal Protective Equipment worker – Performed PPE required acid sanitation clean ups to keep a bacteria-free workplace
- Empty Trash worker – Required to operate trash compactors and trash bails day to day and Repeatedly Lifting objects over 60lbs
- Building Floor Cleaner – Gather and empty trash and bins, clean cafeterias, clean building floors using prescribed procedures & safety instructions.
- Common Areas Cleaner – Take out trash, cleaned and restocked Detroit Metro Airport bathrooms, security checkpoints, ticketing and other offices.
- Bathrooms Cleaner – Work night shift cleaning buildings- move furniture pull trash vac sweep mop clean bathrooms wipe down walls
- Safe Environment cleaner – Cleaned up the body shop and work area on a daily basis to make sure it maintained a safe environment
- Clients Homes Cleaner – Cleaned clients homes using a 22 step process and take out all trash after all is clean
if true for the USA, true for the world…..
Raising the minimum wage would narrow the enormous gap between the value that essential workers bring to society and the extremely low wages they earn in return.…
Navigating the Raising of The Minimum Wage For Essential Workers
Feb 2021…When nonessential businesses and employment shut down, it is [the essential workers] that keeps us fed, safe, healthy, and moving. And long after the health risks of the pandemic subsides, their work will still be essential. …
…The COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted the indignity that millions of essential workers face, as they perform jobs vital to the country without earning a wage that allows them to meet their basic expenses. Even as low-wage essential workers perform jobs that allow the rest of us to survive, their meager pay makes it difficult for millions of them to survive.
It’s been nearly 12 years since America’s minimum wage workers last received a raise—the longest period of time since the minimum wage’s creation. Since then, corporate profits have exploded while the cost for essentials such as food, rent, child care, and groceries have all increased. Still, tens of millions of workers are paid just $7.25 an hour, which is not enough to live on in any part of the country. Many of these people are the essential workers that have kept the country running throughout the pandemic.
…Congress passed the first federal minimum wage in 1938 during the Great Recession, knowing that people having more money to spend would boost the economy. More than eight decades later, the nation finds itself in another crisis. And just as in 1938, increasing the minimum wage is an incredibly important form of economic stimulus. Research shows that low-wage households increase their spending with every additional dollar in their wallet, meaning that a minimum wage increase won’t just help workers but also the economy more broadly. jan. 2021 STATEMENT: The Raise the Wage Act Is Essential for Economic Recovery
6 simple reasons we should raise the minimum wage right now
Feb 2021 … Here are six simple reasons why raising the minimum wage makes sense.
1. It is long overdue
2. It would address longstanding racial and gender inequities
3. It would reduce poverty
4. It would fuel economic growth
5. It would save taxpayer money and reduce use of government programs
6. It’s what the vast majority of Americans want
The International Labor Organization estimates that only 4 million of the 19 – 24 million people in the waste management and recycling sector are formally employed. The hazardous reality of the sector is that waste pickers often do not wear safety gear, which is particularly critical in the current health crisis, given the risks if infected materials are mixed in the general waste stream.
Waste workers are protecting our communities during COVID-19
APRIL 09, 2020 World Bank Blog
Reacting to the rapidly evolving situation, waste picker organizations such as Asociaciόn Nacional de Recicladores in Colombia and SWACH in India are promoting gloves and masks to prevent physical contact with trash and to keep a distance from people as well as from waste that is known to have been generated by COVID victims. The Global Alliance for Waste Pickers has been crowdsourcing global guidance and sharing best practices for waste pickers on their site. The South African Waste Pickers Association is asking people to separate their waste at the household level, and also to wrap tissues or contaminated waste in another layer of bags to limit the exposure to waste workers.
Even when this crisis ends, waste management will remain a crucial tool to safeguard public health and provide livelihoods. And new approaches in a crisis can bring longer-term benefits. See how waste management investments that help stem [other epedemics such as] Zika in Jamaica and Ebola in Liberia also resulted in improved solid waste management systems.
There is an urgent global call to treat waste management as an essential public service.
The Changing Face of Waste Management in the COVID Era
The Way Forward
March 2021 – …After experiencing the waste management crisis in the COVID-19 era, the lesson to learn here is that waste management cannot continue as it was before the pandemic. …. It requires structural adjustments, better infrastructure and facilities, advanced maintenance management software for managing operational challenges, and better tools to enhance the efficiency and safety of the waste service workers [and seperating recyclable resources].
6. Valuing work that is essential
Many countries resorted to “stay-at-home” orders, with the goal of cutting off virus transmission in the community and avoid overburdening the healthcare system. Workplaces and schools were closed, while shops and restaurants were shut. Businesses and whole industries – air travel, tourism, live entertainment – came to a halt.
But not everyone got to stay at home. The pandemic introduced the term “essential worker” to our lexicon: not just healthcare workers and essential public services, but also delivery people, janitors, grocery store workers, farm labourers and factory workers packaging food. These jobs are often underpaid, yet the pandemic has made the social worth of these jobs obvious.
Much like how governments need to rethink the goods that are strategically essential to an economy in a crisis, they also need to rethink what labour is truly essential, ensuring that those working in these positions are properly compensated and protected so they can help sustain the rest of us.
10 areas to create a better, more resilient future – The great Reset
If companies won’t compensate workers for their essential work, elected officials will have to interfere. It should be obvious now, if it wasn’t before, that there’s no such thing as unskilled labor — that low-wage work is as essential and integral to daily life as the labor performed by accountants or lawyers. Low pay, few benefits, and no job security were realities of life for millions, well before COVID-19 existed. That inequality should end with the pandemic….
There’s No Such Thing As Unskilled Labor March 2020…
…There is also growing evidence that a lot of people want to do something different with their lives than they did before the pandemic. The coronavirus outbreak has had a dramatic psychological effect on workers, and people are reassessing what they want to do and how they want to work, whether in an office, at home or some hybrid combination.
It’s not a ‘labor shortage.’ It’s a great reassessment of work in America.
May 2021 …There is also growing evidence that a lot of people want to do something different with their lives than they did before the pandemic. The coronavirus outbreak has had a dramatic psychological effect on workers, and people are reassessing what they want to do and how they want to work, whether in an office, at home or some hybrid combination.
A Pew Research Center survey this year found that 66 percent of the unemployed had “seriously considered” changing their field of work, a far greater percentage than during the Great Recession. People who used to work in restaurants or travel are finding higher-paying jobs in warehouses or real estate, for example. Or they want a job that is more stable and less likely to be exposed to the coronavirus — or any other deadly virus down the road. Consider that grocery stores shed over 49,000 workers in April and nursing care facilities lost nearly 20,000. …
…Tim and Sara Wojtala are a young couple completely rethinking their careers due to the pandemic. Tim worked for years as a manager at major retailer. Last year, he was frustrated by what he felt were lax safety conditions at work and having to deal with irate customers who didn’t want to wear masks. He quit in the fall as the virus surged again. Now he’s going to school to become a wind turbine technician through a program backed by the government. Sara also spent many years in retail and wants to do something more meaningful now. …
…Alison Detrick used to clean houses in New Orleans. She cut her hourly rate in half last summer to lure clients back. But she lost nearly an entire month of work in the fall when two of her clients contracted the coronavirus. Detrick didn’t get the virus, but she had to get tested and quarantine, losing much needed pay.
Today, Detrick works at a call center. It’s not as flexible of a job, but she says it pays well and she can do it from the safety of her home. She transitioned quickly, but others will take time….
…This big reassessment — for companies and workers — is going to take awhile to sort out and it could continue to pop up in surprising ways.
First Phase: We buy something, use it and throw it away.
Second Phase: That thing is considered for reuse or not
Third Phase: If not reused, that Thing is Real Refuse, but it does not have to go to a landfill. Technology already exists that will do away with all landfills. Clean energy! This will make the work of the essential workers in WASTE, dust and dirt, even more important!
♥ CLEAN AIR
harnessing Clean Energy
R. Buckminster Fuller was working on cleaning the Air in the 1970’s:
World Game of Buckminster Fuller
6. *MORE WITH LESS: The comprehensive, anticipatory, design science capability to effect greater resource performance per each pound, kilowatt and man hour of invested resources. All World Game strategies deal with ways of doing more with less for the entire planet in such a manner as to effect the total success of total humanity in the quickest and most eternal way possible The comprehensive, recirculation of all chemical constituents of resources involved results in a more with less resource utilization. For example, each time copper is scrapped, melted down, and re-cycled, it is re-employed at a higher rate of efficiency. The first copper telephone wires carried one message per wire, more with lessing improvements carried 2, then 4, 16, 250, then in the thousands, and now with the satellites, it’s gone wireless. From millions of tons of copper to next to no tons of copper. From visible to invisible.
Pollution: Other strategies from this and other World Game seminar groups have dealt with food, transportation, education and pollution. The latter defined pollution as valuable chemistry-a resource-but in the wrong place. This strategy demonstrated the efficiency, economy, and feasibility of eliminating pollution by utilizing it as a resource-i.e.-sulfur dioxide removed from industrial smoke stacks where it is concentrated (an above ground mine) and put back into the industrial process where it is needed as sulfuric acid or sulfur.
“The following flow charts are specific examples of data handling techniques and problem solving
organization used by two World Game related projects. The first two are from the first World Game seminar in New York City in 1969; the second set of five is from a Design Science workshop held at the University of Southern California in Feb. of 1971.”
Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we have been ignorant of their value.R. Buckminster Fuller
The International Energy Agency was born with the 1973-1974 oil crisis, when industrialised countries found they were not adequately equipped to deal with the oil embargo imposed by major producers that pushed prices to historically high levels. Created in 1974 to ensure the security of oil supplies, the International Energy Agency has evolved over the years. While energy security remains a core mission, the IEA today is at the center of the global energy debate.
Net Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector
Key takeaways from IEA net zero pathway
some of the insights from the report:
- Climate pledges by governments to date are well short of what’s required to bring global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions to net zero by 2050.
- Our pathway requires the immediate and massive deployment of all available clean and efficient energy technologies. That includes annual additions of solar PV to reaching 630 gigawatts by 2030, and those of wind power reaching 390 gigawatts. Together, that’s four times the record level set in 2020.
- Most of the global reductions in CO2 emissions between now and 2030 in our net zero pathway come from technologies already on the market today. But in 2050, almost half the reductions come from technologies that are currently only at the demonstration or prototype phase. This calls for major innovation progress this decade.
- Total annual energy investment surges to USD 5 trillion by 2030 in our pathway, creating millions of clean energy jobs and putting global GDP 4% higher in 2030 than it would reach based on current trends.
- In our pathway, no investment in new fossil fuel supply projects is needed, nor is further investment for new unabated coal plants, and sales of new internal combustion engine passenger cars are halted by 2035.
- By 2050, global energy demand will be 8% smaller than today, but serves an economy twice as big and a population with 2 billion more people. *More with Less And almost 90% of electricity generation comes from renewable sources.
- Energy security evolves on the path to net zero. Electricity system flexibility, cyber security, and reliable supplies of critical minerals all become more and more important. As global oil demand falls, supplies become increasingly concentrated in a small number of low-cost producers. OPEC’s share of a much-reduced global oil supply grows from around 37% in recent years to 52% in 2050.
Four pillars of effective energy innovation systems
We all know what these things are. Everyone has to find the ones that they can promote and move forward!
Key principles to accelerate clean energy technology innovation for net-zero emissions
As Mr. Gore is saying… the time has come for Governments and Industry to get behind the new technologies that will Clean Our Air!
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