How can we build back better? Discussion highlights

2020-05-23 12:05:43 +0100

Together with the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Climate Change and Renewable Energy we hosted a panel discussion for parliamentarians looking at how we can build back better after Covid. On the panel was:

  • Sir Michael Marmot, Professor of Epidemiology at University College, London
  • Sir David King, former Chief Scientist to the government and profess at the University of Cambridge
  • Professor Mariana Mazzucato, professor in economics at University College, London
  • Professor Tim Jackson, professor in sustainable development at the University of Surrey

The discussion was chaired by the Channel 4 news anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy and covered three main questions: what are the prospects for recovery, is the debt from Covid sustainable, and how do we build a better future?

Below are the highlights from each of those questions.

What are the prospects for a healthy recovery?

  • Sir Michael Marmot on how existing inequalities have determined who is most affected by Covid
  • Professor Tim Jackson on the lessons we can learn from the 2008 crash
  • Professor Mariana Mazzucato on why we need to change government approaches to handling crises
  • Sir David King on the predictability of Covid


Is the debt from dealing with Covid sustainable?

  • Professor Mariana Mazzucato on why we shouldn't be talking about numbers but about purpose
  • Professor Tim Jackson on why there are many ways the government can continue to pay for the cost of dealing with the crisis
  • Sir Michael Marmot on what the crisis is teaching us about what we really value


How do we build a healthier, happier society?

  • Sir David King on why the recovery must put climate front and centre
  • Professor Tim Jackson on why we need a much broader definition of "green" jobs
  • Professor Mariana Mazzucato on how governments can use their resources to improve people's lives
  • Sir Michael Marmot on the indicators he would prefer the government used


You can also watch the full video here:

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