Jennifer Morgan is a leading expert on climate issues and civil society advocacy. Recently voted by Apolitical as one of the world's top 20 most influential people in climate policy, Morgan is currently the Executive Director of Greenpeace International. As well as managing the organisation, Jennifer is a public figure who represents Greenpeace in the media, and at moments ranging from UNFCCC meetings and the World Economic Forum to strikes, marches and rallies around the world.
Involved in climate change issues for over twenty years, she has previously held a series of directorship roles of climate programmes at different non-governmental organisations, including World Resources Institute (2009-2016); E3G (2006-2009) and WWF (1998-2006). She has participated in every COP meeting since the first in Berlin in 1995 and was also a Review Editor for the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Jennifer serves on the Advisory Board to the Grantham Institute on Climate and the Environment.
Previously, she served on the German Council on Sustainable Development and was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. At Germanwatch's 20th anniversary celebration, Jennifer was named an honorary member of the organisation for her long-term commitment to international climate issues and the empowerment of civil society. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University in Political Science and
Germanic Studies, and a Master of Arts from the School of International Service at The American University in International Affairs. Jennifer is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
What recent changes in international cooperation, collaboration, and competition in the realm of climate action can be observed or expected in the near future? What can we expect and cautiously hope for as the world comes together again in Glasgow, to get the Paris Agreement back on track?
Expectations for this year’s COP 26 are high. While pre-pandemic global challenges remain, transatlantic unity around the issues of climate change has been restored with willing and able climate champions on both sides of the Atlantic. After a hiatus, the US Administration re-joined the Paris Agreement this year and placed climate change back at the top of its domestic political agenda. This is a momentum to capitalize on, along with the once-in-a-lifetime stimulus funding on the table. With less margin for error than ever, the world now needs to focus on the global imperative of recovering better inclusively, digitally, and sustainably.