May 21

Britt Groosman

Green or Gray Recovery? Assessing COVID-19’s Environmental Impact

Zoom Webinar

May 21, 2020 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

With travel, manufacturing, and industrial activities grinding to a halt during the COVID-19 crisis, global pollution has decreased drastically in just a few short months. Shocking displays of regrowth and rejuvenation, like seeing fish in the canals of Venice for the first time in years, have shown the world how a reduction of activity can positively impact the environment. Though the consequences of COVID-19 are already proving to be severe in many respects, a small silver lining could be the relief our natural environment is getting during quarantine. However, despite these promising changes, experts warn that this progress may be short-lived. Join us on Thursday, May 21, from 11 AM to 12 PM EST, when we assess the COVID-19’s environmental impact with Britt Groosman, VP Global Climate for Environmental Defense Fund.

Listen to Britt Groosman answering the question, “What is one thing that many people may misunderstand about the environmental impacts of COVID-19?”

Britt Groosman, VP Global Climate

As VP Global Climate for EDF’s Climate program, Britt oversees EDF’s global climate work, shaping EDF’s advocacy for environmentally effective and economically sound climate policies outside the U.S. Our global efforts work towards catalyzing the low-carbon transition at the pace and scale needed to put the world on a path toward climate safety.

EDF’s climate objective is to increase the use of market based climate policies throughout major economies, including by further refining the UNFCC’s Paris Agreement’s rules and guidelines for interpretation; and working towards carbon markets in (future) economic giants such as China, Brazil and India where we are respectively helping refine the Emission Trading System (ETS), preserving rainforests and cultivating low-carbon rural development

Britt set up the Environmental Defense Fund’s European office in London, and established a programme with operations in Sweden, UK, Spain and Brussels (Belgium). As the European Director for EDF’s Ocean program, she leads EDF’s work on Common Fisheries Policy reform in Brussels. She simultaneously worked on the ground in various EU Member States with fishermen, and local NGO partners on co-management processes and sustainable management of fisheries. Until August 2011 she was the Managing Director of the Office of Economic Policy and Analysis of the Environmental Defense Fund. She worked with the economics team on a broad range of issues including water and eco-system markets, nitrogen pollution, and climate policy.

Prior to EDF, Britt worked as an economist in London.

Britt has presented at numerous conferences, & panels and is published in various journals and the ‘Encyclopaedia of Law and Economics’ (Edward Elgar, 2000).



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