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The EU's foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell is under fire for calling into question the commitment of young climate activists. He asked if "young activists are willing to lower their living standards to offer compensation to Polish miners, because if we fight against climate change for real they will lose their jobs and will have to be subsidized." 

Can Europeans afford to pay for this transformation not just of the economy, but of industries? In this lecture Ann Pettifor sets out the case that yes, Europe can afford this radical transformation of the economy towards a more sustainable future, and that this will also deliver a fairer, more equal society. This change is urgent. Ann Pettifor shows how it can be afforded, and that the time is now.

Ann Pettifor is a British economist who is best known for her prediction of the Great Financial Crisis in The Coming First World Debt Crisis. In 2019 her book, The Case for The Green New Deal was published, demanding drastic change.

The Evens Foundation regrets to inform you of its decision to postpone Ann Pettifor’s lecture Can Europeans Afford the Green New Deal? planned on 16 March 2020 at BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts Brussels due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Regardless of our firm intention to honour the engagement with Ann Pettifor, with the experts and professionals involved in the event and with the public, it is our civic responsibility to postpone now that the Belgian government, European and partner institutions are increasingly taking stringent measures in the collective effort to contain the spread of the virus. 

We are currently looking into possibilities to reschedule the event in more favourable times, we will notify you about an alternative date when possible and we hope that you will still be able to join us.
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In the meantime, please stay safe and be well and thank you for your understanding.