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As New York City continues its slow economic recovery from COVID-19, activists and labor leaders believe the key toward accelerating the healing process is a massive investment in the green economy.

Such a vision was outlined Tuesday during a digital press conference on the release of the report, “An Equitable Recovery for NYC: Creating 100,000 Climate Jobs for Frontline Communities of Color.” The Climate Works for All Coalition, which includes labor unions, community and environmental justice organizations, authored the report which sets out a road map for the city to boost its own economy while also helping to end inequality.

That means jobs — 100,000 “good union” positions, according to the report — that will help build a New York that meets climate goals for the year 2050, while also lifting low-income New Yorkers out of poverty.

“Across our city, the highest rates of job loss and death from COVID-19 are in low-income communities and communities of color,” said Maritza Silva-Farrell, executive director of ALIGN NY. “These are the same communities living on the front lines of climate change. The Climate and Community Stimulus Platform tackles the need for a plan to put 100,000 people back to work with good union jobs while meeting New York City’s climate goals. We have a limited time to not only rebuild our economy but build it back better.”

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