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Policy Lab: The Green New Deal and Its Internationalist Potential

Mon 23.09.19
1pm – 2:30pm

The demand for a Green New Deal has galvanised a generation and cut through environmental policy in the UK like nothing else. But while its aims are ambitious and radical, there has been less debate about its internationalist potential. This policy lab session will explore how major international institutions can be used to expand the Green New Deal and what international cooperation looks like during a climate crisis.

This is part of our 'Manifesto for the Movement' project. Over the course of the four days, hundreds of festival attendees in collaboration with policy experts will build a ‘Manifesto For The Movement’ - a radical document that will be presented to MPs at the end of the festival. Get involved in any TWT Policy Lab to be a part of this.


Dr David Wearing is a Teaching Fellow in International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London, expert on UK foreign relations in the Middle East, and author of “AngloArabia: Why Gulf Wealth Matters To Britain”.


Danielle Rowley is a Scottish Labour Party politician. She has been the Shadow Minister for Climate Justice and Green Jobs since June 2019 and the Member of Parliament for Midlothian since 2017.

Rajiv is a senior manager for research and US programming at The Leap, and before that worked closely with Naomi Klein as the primary researcher on This Changes Everything (the book).

Jyoti is co-founder of the Landworkers’ Alliance, a grassroots union of UK farmers, growers and land-based workers pushing for fairer practices within the farming industry. She is part of the European Coordination of La Via Campesina, an international movement bringing together millions of peasants, small and medium size farmers, landless people, rural women and youth, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world, defending peasant agriculture for food sovereignty.

Roger McKenzie is an assistant General Secretary at Unison, one of the UK's biggest trade unions, with responsibility for organising and recruitment, as well as membership and activist education. He is one of the UK’s foremost Black trade unionist and has been active in countless anti-racist and international struggles for justice.

Katie is co-executive director of The Leap, an organization working to confront the intersecting crises of our time: climate change, racism and inequality. Katie was also one of the main organizers behind the Leap Manifesto. Prior to joining The Leap, she co-produced Avi Lewis' film "This Changes Everything"

Dr Jason Hickel is based at Goldsmiths University, where his research focuses on global inequality, political economy, post-development and ecological economics. His most recent book, "The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions" explores the historical and political drivers of inequality between the global North and South. Jason's ethnographic research focuses on migrant labour, politics and finance in South Africa.

Harpreet Kaur Paul is a Policy & Campaigns Researcher and Strategist. She qualified as a solicitor (England & Wales) in 2010 and then went on to work at REDRESS (on anti-torture litigation), Amnesty International (as the Deputy Representative to the UN in New York) and People & Planet (as a Director leading student mobilising and campaigning on climate change, workers' rights and migrants' rights). Earlier this year, she wrote the report Market solutions to help climate victims fail human rights test for ActionAid.

Kate is a US-based journalist who writes on American politics and climate change and has appeared in Harper’s, the Guardian, the Nation, Rolling Stone, the New Republic, the American Prospect, Dissent, Jacobin, and the New York Times. She is a contributing writer to the Intercept, on the Editorial Board of Dissent, is the co-editor of a forthcoming anthology about democratic socialism in America and is writing a book about climate politics, tentatively titled The New Denialism (Nation Books, 2020). She previously served as the Communications Coordinator for the New Economy Coalition and co-founder of the Fossil Fuel Divestment


Common Wealth design ownership models for a sustainable and democratic economy. Common Wealth's goal is simple: to replace today's unequal economy with institutions that share the wealth that we, in common, create, and wherein dignity, solidarity and freedom are a universal inheritance.

Harpreet Kaur Paul is a PhD Candidate at the University of Warwick's Law School. Her research focuses on climate justice for loss and damage. She has previously worked at Global Policy Forum, Amnesty International, REDRESS and Electronics Watch.

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