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Overseas Development Finance and the Climate Emergency

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

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.

The event is part of a project around how we can shift to a climate emergency economy, lead in collaboration with the Green European Foundation.Speakers included:

  • Natalie Bennett, Green Peer (Chair)
  • Jonathan Essex, chartered engineer and environmentalist. Jonathan will present key findings from his forthcoming report for Green House on current UK and EU investment in transport infrastructure at home and overseas.
  • Dorothy Grace Guerrero, Head of Policy & Advocacy, Global Justice Now
  • Silvia Brugger, Coordinator Climate Governance, GIZ (the German Society for International Cooperation)

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Recent Project Report:

This event is part of our Climate Emergency Economy Project which is a strand of Green House's Facing up to Climate Reality work. Through a series of reports and events, Green House is addressing the widening chasm between climate science and climate policy, the reasons for it, and how to bridge it.

The latest report in the series is available to download here.

​Explore the Zero Carbon Policy Toolkit outlined by this project.


Images of the logos of the Green European Foundation and Green House Think tank with text that reads Published by the Green European Foundation with the support of Green House think tank. GEF project coordinator: Sian Hasker, Green European Foundation. This publication has been realised with financial support of the European parliament. The Polden Puckham charitable trust have contributed to the report design costs. The European Parliament is not responsible for the content of this project.