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.

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Post pandemic – will it be business as usual?

Many of us may have missed it, but Wednesday 22 April was Earth Day. Under normal circumstances climate change campaigners would have been holding demonstrations and other high profile events to mark the occasion. But we all know that we are not living ‘under normal circumstances’.

The point was well made by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message to mark the day when he acknowledged that all eyes were on the COVID-19 pandemic, which he described as “an unprecedented wake-up call.” He recognised the “immediate and dreadful” impact of the coronavirus urging everyone to “work together to save lives, ease suffering and lessen the shattering economic and social consequence”. At the same time, he observed that climate disruption was approaching “a point of no return” and a “deep emergency” that long predates the pandemic.

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What’s the story on biomass?

Here’s one insight into this through the film ‘Burned – Are Trees the New Coal’. Burned tells the little-known story of the accelerating destruction of our forests for fuel, and probes the policy loopholes, huge subsidies, and blatant green washing of the burgeoning biomass electric power industry. Through interviews with activists, experts and citizens the film interweaves the science of climate change, the escalating energy-policy disputes, the dynamics of forest ecology and biomass industry practices…’

You can read more about it here: https://burnedthemovie.com/

Thanks to Melanie Fryer for highlighting this.

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