Online discussion: "Covideconomics for an Economy of Life and Climate Justice"

An invitation to an online discussion at the World Social Forum 2021.

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Brief description: The COVID-19 pandemic has produced an unprecedented human and economic catastrophe. Those in the socio-economic margins (the income-poor, women, people of colour) have been disproportionately affected, both in regard to contracting the disease and losing their livelihoods. The response of governments and their impacts have been uneven. Rich countries have announced an astounding US$11 trillion in support while many 'developing' countries are falling deeper into debt. Even as the pandemic has exposed the brokenness of the prevailing economic paradigm, it has slowed down climate change-causing emissions and offers an opportunity to radically rethink economic policies and systems with a view to building a more healthy, equitable, democratic, and sustainable planet. The online discussion as part of the virtual World Social Forum 2021 will share experiences of communities, explore socio-economic, political and ecological dimensions, as well as lift up local and global proposals for an Economy of Life and climate justice in a time of pandemic.

Date and time: 29 January (Friday) 2021, 14h00-15h30 UTC or 15h00-16h30 CET

Link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86992905480


  • Ms. Rosario Guzman (Ibon Foundation, Philippines) – Inequality in a time of pandemic: perspectives and proposals from the global South
  • Dr. Justin Thacker (Church Action for Tax Justice, UK) - In a time of pandemic, tax justice now!
  • Dr. Priyadarshini Karve (Indian Network on Ethics and Climate Change) – The pandemic and climate change: lessons for climate justice
  • Ms. Joy Kennedy (Canadian Interfaith Fast for the Climate) – Building back better for a more climate-just world

Organised by: Oikotree (www.oikotree.net) in partnership with IRDWSI and World Council of Churches