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
The Green New Deal Goes Local
The Biden administration will be spending hundreds of billions of dollars on addressing the climate crisis. But what does that mean for communities around the United States?
Latin America’s New New Left
The recent election in Colombia has produced new hope for the country–and for the whole region.
Is Universal Basic Income Part of a Just Transition?
When you give everyone a chunk of change, does it really change their lives and their communities?
Herman Daly: An Economist for Eco-Social Activists
A new book explains how an economist, in challenging the orthodoxy, has helped activists change the world.
What Remains of the U.S. Green New Deal?
Build Back Better is on the ropes. But other parts of a just transition are moving forward.
China’s Evolving Energy Policies in Africa
China is both reducing and altering the nature of its investments in African energy projects.
The Impact of Green New Deals on Latin America
A new wave of extractivism from the Global South is the hidden side of the energy transitions in the North.
India and the Future of the Planet
India’s economic and energy production model is not a threat to the world, but it is a threat to India itself, particularly its most marginalized people.
Building a Post-Extractivist Future for Latin America
The region faces a choice between top-down “Green growth” and bottom-up efforts to transform economies.
Russia and China’s Dirty Partnership
When the world’s largest consumer of fossil fuels teams up with one of the world’s largest suppliers, the planet is the biggest loser.
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)