Klatt, A. et al.Social impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in Germany and possible consequences for environmental policy

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Anne Klatt, Laura Spengler, Kathrin Schwirn & Christian Löwe

Release date:
September 2020

German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA), position paper

The Covid-19 pandemic changed social life suddenly and violently. In addition to the diverse, sometimes serious negative consequences of the pandemic, the crisis has also created situations and images that appear utopian in 'normal' times. Some of the consequences will evaporate, while others are very likely to have a longer-term effect in the future. The pandemic has thereby changed the social context for environmental policy action. Against this background, this discussion paper explores to two questions: Which social effects of the pandemic are environmentally relevant? And how could and should environmental policy actors react to this?

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