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29/07/18
Author: 
Samantha M. Harvey
photo Peg Hunter Grassroots activists worry that that once taken over by philanthropies and governments entrenched in a corporate model, the principles that birthed the just transition movement – principles of bottom-up community leadership, cultural inclusion, food sovereignty, and localized economies – would be lost forever.

Will the just transition movement survive mainstream adoption?

"There is a right way to do ‘just transition.’”

27/07/18
Author: 
Steven Poole

... the authors argue, capitalism also needs to be overthrown because climate change demands a social revolution along more egalitarian, “sustainable” lines. Business as usual, they say, is not an option, echoing Naomi Klein’s argument in her 2014 eco-socialist manifesto, This Changes Everything....

24/06/18
Author: 
John Treat for TUED
In late May 2018, unions and close allies from around the world came together in New York for TUED’s international conference on “Just Transition.”

On May 29, 2018, trade union representatives and close allies from more than a dozen countries met in New York City for TUED’s [Trade Unions for Energy Democracy] international conference, Towards a Just Transition: International Labor Perspectives on Energy, Climate and Economy.
 

03/06/18
Author: 
Confederation des Syndicats Nationaux, Confederation of National Trade Unions

[Translation by Gene McGuckin]

01/06/18
Author: 
David J. Climenhaga

If Canadians are going to have to pay the $10 to $15-billion cost of expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline, it's important they aren't bound by side deals that are not in the public interest made by the project's former corporate owner.

29/05/18
Author: 
Bob Farkas

May 29, 2018

In the weeks and months ahead, there will be many political casualties of the Liberal government’s crisis surrounding the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion. The first of these, however, was the carefully-crafted illusion that the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board’s (CPPIB) investment decisions are free from political influence. Over two decades, the Board had painstakingly constructed the pretence that Board decisions stood above retail politics.

03/05/18
Author: 
Sean Sweeney and John Treat
construction of solar panels

[Global ‘Just Transition’ Discussion Growing

The linked document, Trade Unions and Just Transition: The Search for a Transformative Politics, deals with a crucial part of the urgent global need to transition to a post-carbon energy system. Though it doesn’t come right out and say it, the text also proves that this must also be a post-capitalist social-economic system.

09/03/18
Author: 
Primary Author Wallis Snowdon
US Embassy Canada/Flickr

Thousands of fossil industry jobs in Alberta are gone forever, even if oil prices ever return to $100 per barrel, and the shift has nothing to do with the province’s never-ending quest for a pipeline to tidewater, a leading government economist admitted this week.

“I’ve learned as an economist to never say ‘Never,’ but even if it were to come back, because of the use of better technology and innovation, the energy sector will not need as many people going forward,” ATB Financial Chief Economist Todd Hirsch told CBC Radio’s Edmonton AM.

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