IPS associate fellow Janet Redman is the former director of the Climate Policy Program. For more than a decade, her work has supported the transition from an extractive, fossil fueled economy to equitable, democratic and local living economies. To that end, Janet uses research, writing and strategic conversations to develop bold ideas in domestic and international policy spaces that redefine what is politically possible. She also practices nurturing deep relationships with grassroots organizations and networks in the global South and North is necessary to align policy advocacy with the goals of social, economics and environmental justice movements. Janet is currently the U.S. Policy Director at Oil Change International and serves on the board of directors of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives.

Janet holds a Master’s Degree from Clark University in International Development and Social Change, where she focused her graduate research on regional trade integration and social movements in Latin America and the Caribbean. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont.


UN Green Climate Fund Open for Business – Now Where’s the Money?

After four years of negotiations over the framework of a new UN Green Climate Fund, countries have agreed on what are considered “essential elements” to make the Fund operational.

Keep Dirty Energy Out of Green Climate Fund, Demand Activists and Community Groups

A coalition of nearly 300 civil society organizations mainly from developing countries are raising alarms that the GCF could be used to finance dirty energy

The Moment for Climate Justice

As global civil society calls for a renewable energy revolution, the U.S. Congress is considering an African energy initiative that leaves the door wide open to fossil fuels.

Electrifying Africa – But at What Cost to Africans?

Two U.S. initiatives to provide Africans with electricity seem likely to lead to large, climate-polluting projects rather than the locally sourced renewable energy rural Africa needs.

A Devil’s Bargain on the Climate

Will the Green Climate Fund – the UN body tasked with funding the transition to a clean-energy, climate-resilient future in the developing world – invest in fossil fuels?

A flaw in California’s cap-and-trade plan

Cap-and-trade offsets with out-of-state or even foreign interests won’t help the state meet its goals.

Climate Policy Expert Calls Lack of Money “Elephant in the Room” at Climate Finance Meeting

The Green Climate Fund was established to provide money for climate adaptations to developing countries

Report from Climate Scientists Confirms What Climate Justice Advocates Already Know: The Time to Act is Now

“We hope the IPCC’s report will help skeptics understand that the jury is in and has issued a clear ruling: climate change is underway and we must do all we can to slow it down,” said Janet Redman, climate expert at the Institute for Policy Studies.

Electrifying Africa – But at What Cost to Africans?

Two U.S. initiatives to provide Africans with electricity seem likely to lead to large, climate-polluting projects rather than the locally sourced renewable energy rural Africa needs.

An Inside View on the Tricky World of Wall Street-Driven Climate Markets

A new website, climatemarkets.org, offers a range of materials that could help climate activists and advocates understand climate solutions: Wall Street approaches, private investment, and more.

Robin Hood Tax, Not Corporate Greed, Should be Focus of Climate Finance Meetings, Say Activists

Chanting, “Human need, not corporate greed! Robin Hood Tax now!” protesters dressed as polar bears, farmers, and bankers engaged with officials entering the meeting to urge them to support a Robin Hood Tax.

Wall Street’s Climate Finance Bonanza

Government officials from an elite group of developed countries meeting in Washington DC appear to be on the brink of instigating yet another big bank giveaway, this time in the name of fighting climate change.

Wall Street’s Climate Finance Bonanza

An elite group of developed countries appears to be on the brink of instigating yet another corporate handout and big bank giveaway–this time in the name of fighting climate change.

4 Things Obama Can Do Now to Fight Climate Change – Without Congress

President Obama took a bold tone on climate in his State of the Union address. Here are four things he can do right now, without Congress, to address climate.

A Quick Look at the Ecological State of the Union

Four actions that Obama can take now, without Congress, to address climate change. Obama doesn’t have to wait for Congress to act, and we don’t have to wait for Obama, either.

A Tiny Tax in Europe, a Big Win for Climate?

Global campaigners are pushing European Union countries to be ambitious in targeting a significant portion of revenue from taxing financial transactions to fight climate chaos.

What Next for the Green Climate Fund After the Doha Dud?

By refusing to make any firm commitments at the Doha summit to deliver money over the next decade, industrialized countries are effectively relegating the GCF to irrelevance.

The Private Sector’s Murky Role in Climate Finance

Multinational corporations and investment banks shouldn’t dominate financing of climate adaptations, says Janet Redman, reporting live from the UN Climate Summit, Doha, Qatar.

Doha Talks Show Need for Climate Action in Post-Sandy U.S.

Will the United States ever change its policy of obstructing international action to stop climate change? If so, the political pressure to change the country’s role will have to come from the American people.

At Climate Summit, It’s Economy First, Then Survival

Update from Doha, Qatar: As countries (somewhat ironically) gather in the petro-state of Qatar for the annual UN climate summit, it’s even more apparent that economic considerations override concerns about severe environmental disruption, and even survival.

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