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7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

As the COP26 Climate Summit approaches, join aid specialists, campaigners, and politicians from Europe and the UK to discuss how international aid and climate finance must change to support a fair 1.5°C world.

About the event

This webinar is part of the project Climate Emergency Economy. It is organised by GEF with the support of Green House Think Tank, Wetenschappelijk Bureau GroenLinks, Green Foundation Ireland, and the Foundation for Environment and Agriculture. The project explores policies required in hard-to-decarbonise sectors for Europe to reach net-zero emissions. In 2021, we identify three industries that are among the most difficult to decarbonize: agriculture, hydrogen, and transport infrastructure and trade.


Governments and other investors are moving away from directly financing fossil fuel extraction–in response to successful campaigning in the Global South and North. Yet they are still funding governments to develop their economies in ways that depend on fossil fuels and worsen the climate emergency.

Aid, export credit and other finance mechanisms are pushing mining and resource extraction, fossil fuel-based development and forms of trade that exacerbate both the climate crisis and global inequity. Meanwhile, there is an urgent need to help countries in the Global South mitigate and adapt to climate change. This is a simple matter of climate justice.

Please join us to share ideas on how we can redirect policy to make it fit for a climate emergency economy.


  • Natalie Bennett – Green Party peer and former leader of the Green Party of England and Wales 
  • Jonathan Essex – chartered engineer and environmentalist 
  • Dorothy Grace Guerrero – head of Policy & Advocacy at Global Justice Now 
  • Silvia Brugger – coordinator Climate Governance at GIZ 
  • CONCORD Europe, speaker TBA


19:00 Welcome and introduction with Natalie Bennett and Peter Sims 

19:05 Jonathan Essex: key findings from forthcoming report 

19:20 Dorothy Grace Guerrero: how aid and international finance contribute to the climate emergency and climate injustice 

19:30 Silvia Brugger: how donors can support governments to address the threat of climate change – examples from GIZ’s work 

19:40 CONCORD Europe: tbc 

19:55 Summary and Q&A 


This event will take place online on Wednesday, September 29th (19:00 – 20:30 CEST). 

Admission is free but please register in advance via this link. 


This event is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of Green House Think Tank and with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation.  

Image: Railway construction in Azerbaijan (credit: Asian Development Bank)

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