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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The Geopolitics of Critical Minerals
with Debamanyu Das
April 6, 5 pm (EST)
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
European Green Deal: Step Forward, Backward, or Sideways?
Europe is ahead of much of the world in combining decarbonization with an equitable shift to clean energy. And it’s still not enough.
Chinese Fossil Fuel Investments in Africa
African countries need investments, China needs raw materials, and African activists are fed up with the resulting corruption and environmental damage.
Climate Change and the Limits of Economic Growth
If economic growth ushered in this era of climate change, how can economic growth also be part of the solution?
The Trouble with Transitions
What are the potential pitfalls of a Green Leap Forward?
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)