Public Meeting of the COP26 Coalition: Climate Justice and Coronavirus

08may1:00 pm3:00 pmPublic Meeting of the COP26 Coalition: Climate Justice and CoronavirusThe COP26 Coalition invite you to our first webinar: Coronavirus and Climate Justice.1:00 pm - 3:00 pm OrganiserFriends of the Earth Scotland

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COVID-19, designated by the World Health Organisation as a pandemic only a month ago, has brought about the rapid disruption of our world economy like no other event in human history. This is a public health crisis, but it’s also an unprecedented crisis of inequality.The COVID-19 crisis and the inequalities it exposes are set against the backdrop of our greater ecological crisis. As the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has warned us, this crisis sees humanity on course for a century of “climate apartheid” as the impacts of rising temperatures fall with violent disproportionality between the wealthy and the poor.

Necessarily postponed until 2021, COP26 will now be the first meeting of the world’s climate leaders in the wake of COVID-19. We will be seeking a pathway to recovery from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. COP26 will now be a vital arena in which to demand that this recovery, as yet to be imagined, be both a green recovery, and crucially a just recovery, that tackles the scourge of global inequality at the root, while reducing carbon emissions. As we’re now discovering so vividly, our futures are deeply interconnected; whether we acknowledge that or not, there is no path to ecological balance that doesn’t start by putting the goals of social and economic justice front and centre.

Now is not the time to stop talking about climate change.

In this webinar we will hear from activist from around the world to deepen our understanding of the connections between climate, the coronavirus and inequality, and explore how our response to these crisis can be anchored in justice and internationalism.

Speakers include:

– Jesús Vásquez Negrón, La Via Campesina. Jesús is the National Coordinator of Organización Boricuá of Ecological Agriculture of Puerto Rico, a 30 year old national platform composed by farmers, peasants, farm workers and food sovereignty activist that promote and practice agroecology as a tool to achieve food sovereignty and social justice. He is also a member of the Caribbean Political Commission of the Latinamerican Coordinator of Peasant Organizations and a member of the Climate Justice Collective of La Vía Campesina.

– Rhoda Boateng, Africa Regional Organization of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa). Rhoda coordinates ITUC-Africa’s work on Climate Change and Just Transition with focus on contributing to Global and Regional policy processes through lobbying and advocacy. Her work also focuses on training and developing capacities on climate change issues as well as design and implementation of campaigns on climate issues.

– Lidy Nacpil – Coordinator of Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development, Philippines. Lidy is an activist working on economic, environmental, social and gender justice issues. She is the Coordinator of Jubilee South – Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD), Co-coordinator of the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice (DCJ), and member of the Coordinating Committee of the Global Alliance on Tax Justice (GATJ). She also serves as the Vice President of the Freedom From Debt Coalition (FDC) in the Philippines and Convenor of the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ), and serves on the Board of Directors for

Introduction from Asad Rehman, War on Want, and facilitated by Mary Church, Friends of the Earth Scotland

This webinar is open to anyone, and recorded to be made available afterwards. To help enable safe and full participation in the seminar we encourage you to send questions in advance. You can submit your question to cop26coalitionuk[at]


About the COP26 Coalition: we bring together a diversity of civil society groups to organise around COP26, which is anticipated to be held in Glasgow in 2021. We work together to deliver powerful mobilisations, create welcoming civil society spaces, ensure that UK civil society presents strong demands, centred in climate justice, to Governments, and bring global movements to the forefront of our work.


(Friday) 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


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