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COP26: CODEPINK Urges Climate Talks to Include War and Conflict

CODEPINK releases list of expert speakers who can help explain the connections between climate change, war, and conflict.


In the lead-up to November's UN climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, the US peace organization CODEPINK has assembled an ensemble of activists, journalists, researchers, veterans, and academics who can talk to the press/media about the connections between climate change, war, and conflict. Our speakers can appear in-person or virtually, depending on needs and logistics.

"COP26 must not pass by without world leaders coming to grips with the massive climate damage done by war and conflict," says Nancy Mancias, CODEPINK campaign organizer. "We will do what we can to educate the public about the environmental destruction brought on by military greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions."

Here are some recommendations on media speakers:

Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK and the human rights group Global Exchange. She is the author of 10 ways that the climate crisis and militarism are intertwined. She can be reached at

Neta Crawford is a Professor and Chair of Political Science, Boston University. She has written a research paper titled Pentagon Fuel Use, Climate Change, and the Cost of War. She can be reached at:

Pat Elder is an investigative journalist tracking how the military contaminates people and the planet. See all of Pat's earlier work here. Pat can be reached at:

Jodie Evans is the Board Chair of the Rainforest Action Network and co-founder of CODEPINK. As Director of Administration in California, Governor Jerry Brown's first administration, Jodie, championed environmental causes, resulting in breakthroughs in wind and solar technology. Jodie can be reached at:

Dahr Jamail is a journalist who has reported from Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan. Dahr has been a feature writer for for five years, and his climate feature page there is titled 'Climate Disruption Dispatches.' He can be reached at:

Abby Martin is a journalist, TV presenter, activist, host of "The Empire Files" video series, and director of the 2019 documentary "Gaza Fights for Freedom." She can be reached at:

Mike Prysner is an Iraq War veteran, political activist, and producer/writer of the TV documentary and interview series, The Empire Files. He can be reached at:

Lorah Steichen is the Outreach Coordinator for the National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. She helps facilitate collaborations with climate-change-focused organizations on shifting our war economy to address the climate crisis. She can be reached at:

Ann Wright attended the University of Arkansas, where she received a master's and a law degree. She also has a master's degree in national security affairs from the U.S. Naval War College. She can be reached at:

CODEPINK is a women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming programs.

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