The planet is experiencing a climate crisis. The international community must pivot away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy. It must also do so in an equitable way, so that the most vulnerable populations do not shoulder the burden of transition.
The Global Just Transition project will provide updates on the status of Green New Deals, ecosocial pacts, and just transition plans around the world. Upcoming events will cover the European Green Deal, the South Korean Green New Deal, and new environmental organizing in Russia. We are also collaborating on a project on the financing of fossil fuel projects in Africa, the limits of economic growth and buen vivir, and the challenge of local capacity to handle the influx of Green transition funds.
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How Russia’s War Against Ukraine Impacts the Planet
with Anna Ackermann and Yevheniia Zasiadko
April 27, 12 pm (EST)
Geopolitics of Strategic Minerals
with Debamanyu Das (April 6, 2023)
TEQs: Could They Spark a Global Just Transition?
moderated by Jack Santa Barbara with Shaun Chamberlin, Ivonne Yanez, and Stan Cox (March 21, 2023)
Launch of the Ecosocial Energy Manifesto from the Peoples of the South
moderated by Liliana Buitrago with Maristella Svampa, Trusha Reddy, and Ashish Kothari (February 10, 2023)
Free Trade vs. Just Green Trade
moderated by Jen Moore with Luciana Ghiotto, Karen Hansen-Kuhn, and Manuel Perez Rocha (December 16, 2022)
Can the World Save the World
moderated by Miriam Lang with Jayati Ghosh, Madhuresh Kumar, and Jens Martens (December 14, 2022)
Getting the Unsustainable Here to the Sustainable There
moderated by John Feffer with Vedran Horvat, Susan Krumdieck, Simon Michaux, and Renata Nitta (December 12, 2022)
What Climate Debt Does the North Owe the South
moderated by Liliana Buitrago with Alberto Acosta, Tom Athanasiou, and Meena Raman (September 28, 2022)
The Future of China’s Green Revolution
moderated by Tobita Chow with Liu Hongqiao and Jennifer Turner (September 21, 2022)
Can the Green New Deal Go Local?
moderated by Rebeca Leber with Luis Aguirre-Torres, Julia Peak, and Susie Strife (August 9, 2022)
Redesigning the Economy for Sustainability and Social Justice
with Ashish Kothari, Dorothy Guerrero, Katharine Nora Farrell, and Josh Farley (July 28, 2022)
Rare Earth Elements: The Global Supply Chain
with Jojo Nem Singh (July 15, 2022)
Do We Need a Universal Basic Income?
with Ruben Lo Vuolo, Erin Coltrera, Ailynn Torress, and Amaia Perez Orozco (May 10, 2022)
Rare Earth Elements: Q and A
with Julie Klinger (May 4, 2022)
The U.S. Green New Deal: Promises, Policies, Prospects
with Saul Levin, Rajiv Sicora, and Susie Strife, moderated by Brett Fleishman (April 12, 2022)
The Impact of Green New Deals on Latin America (y en espanol)
with Ulrich Brand, Esperanza Martinez, Rajiv Sicora, and Enrique Viale, moderated by Miriam Lang and Jen Moore (February 16, 2022)
India and the Future of the Planet
with Jayati Ghosh, Ashish Kothari, and Basav Sen (February 2, 2022)
A Just Transition for Latin America (y en espanol)
with Carmen Aliaga, Pablo Bertinat, Breno Bringel, and Tatiana Roa
and moderated by Manuel Perez-Rocha and Liliana Buitrago (January 19, 2022)
Russia and the Green New Deal: Light at the End of the Tunnel?
with Vasily Yablokov, Tatiana Lanshina, and Arshak Makichyan (December 10, 2021)
Korea’s Green New Deal: Myths and Realities
with Lee Taedong, Kim Joojin, Hong Jong Ho, and Kwon Yoo-Jung and moderated by Koohan Paik-Mander (November 17, 2021)
The European Green Deal: A Step Forward, Sideways, or Backward?
with Ann Pettifor, Dusan Pajevic, Asad Rehman, and Clara Bourgin (October 12, 2021)
Articles and Reports
How to Rapidly Reduce Fossil Fuel Use
Hint: rationing is a better approach than markets.
A Conflict in Chile Over Minerals Needed for Clean Energy
The world needs rare earth elements. But this mine threatens the ecosystem and well-being of the people of this Chilean community.
Madagascar and the New Frontiers of Sacrifice Zones
The African country is rich in minerals, including rare earth elements. But extracting them from the ground poses enormous environmental and social risks.
The Shift from Pink to Green in Latin America
If you’re in a hole, stop digging.
Free Trade or Just Green Trade?
Corporations are using trade and investment treaties to handcuff global and national efforts to save the planet.
Can the World Save the World?
The international community has so far failed to made a dent in the climate crisis. Is the problem all about governance?
Manifesto for an Ecosocial Energy Transition from the Peoples of the South
A new manifesto critiques the “clean energy” transitions of the Global North and offers an alternative vision from the Global South.
Battling a Mining Goliath on Two Continents
Environmental activists have made some important strides in confronting the Australian mining company Lynas.
The Pentagon’s Massive Intelligence Failure on China
Climate change will supersede everything.
From the Unsustainable Here to the Sustainable There
Economic growth is killing the planet. How do we engineer an alternative?
In other outlets:
L’avenir de la révolution verte chinoise, Investig’action, November 14, 2022
The Five Plagues Testing Humanity, TomDispatch, March 30, 2022
Hacia una transición justa en América Latina, La Jornada, January 31, 2022 (en espanol)
The Trouble With Transitions, TomDispatch, October 5, 2021 (y en español)