Just Transitions: ‘one concept, different meanings’

A new book edited by Edited by Edouard Morena, Dunja Krause  and Dimitris Stevis brings together a compelling history of just transition, from its early origins among chemical workers in the US demanding clean working conditions, to the United Nation’s ‘Just Transition’ climate conference in Katowice, Poland (December 2018), when the UN finally let workers’ issues enter the mainstream. Yet, on closer scrutiny, Dimitris writes, ‘rather than providing a clear sense of how just transition can be achieved, the conference exposed the gap between policy makers’ narrow understanding and the everyday experience of working people and frontline communities.

Just Transitions is about far more than union rights and investment in new green jobs to replace polluting plant closures. Just transition is about addressing the equity and social justice dimensions of climate change. This is illustrated with contributions from the ITUC, US, Canada, Australia and elsewhere – for just transitions is ‘one concept with different meanings.’

Written by academics and activists from around the globe, this unique edited collection is the first book entirely devoted to Just Transition.

‘Just Transitions: Social Justice and the shift towards a low carbon world’, paperback £29.99 published by Pluto Press, London. Ask your local library to a copy.

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