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Impact of Climate Change on The COVID-19 Pandemic: Economic Policy for ‘Green Recovery’


As an Undergraduate Economics teacher, you can use this lesson plan to teach your students how countries around the world design economic policies for a ‘green recovery’ from the economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic, by reducing carbon emissions while boosting their economies.

Through this lesson plan your students will be introduced to one of the most significant issues of our times- Climate Change– and will be able to learn how economic policies can be designed for a ‘green recovery’ from the coronavirus pandemic. In this lesson plan, students will be able to learn through a classroom activity, the role of carbon pricing in the reduction of carbon emissions and its significance for climate mitigation. Further, this activity will enable students to discuss how carbon pricing vis a vis carbon taxes, could help governments’ ‘green recovery’ economic strategies to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic related economic slowdown.

Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in Economics

Learning Outcome

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  1. describe worldwide economic strategies for a ‘green recovery’ from the COVID-19 pandemic
  2. learn about the significance of carbon pricing for reducing carbon emissions and specifically in the context of post coronavirus pandemic economic recovery
  3. discuss the importance of ‘green recovery’ from COVID-19 pandemic for climate mitigation.

Mapped Sustainable Development Goal(s), apart from 4 and 13


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