The Urgency of Now: Climate Jobs and Just Transition
This session, jointly organised by CACCTU and Scot E3 is part of the 5 day event 'From the Ground Up: Global Gathering for Climate Justice' organised by the COP26 Coalition.
The Covid pandemic has intensified calls for a global Green New Deal - an urgent transformation of the global economy with massive investment to tackle climate change and address inequality. But what does a just transition look like for oil workers facing immediate redundancies because of low oil prices and privatisation? And with much wider unemployment expected, how do we take the initiative to create momentum for climate jobs on a local level, creating solutions rooted in communities and a real alternative?
This workshop draws on recent research with offshore oil and gas workers in Scotland. While many are looking for better job security, they are not being given a clear path to transfer their skills to renewable energy. The oil industry in Brazil also faces insecurity due to privatisation. Meanwhile, campaigns for free public transport in Glasgow and for a mass home retrofitting programme in Leeds are challenging the piecemeal approach taken by national government and calling for investment that meets the needs of local communities and creates climate jobs ‘from the ground up’. Workshop participants are invited to bring their experiences of mobilising for a just transition and climate jobs in their own sector / community.
Speakers: Antony Devalle, Sindipetro-RJ, Brazil, Gabi Jeliazkov, Platform, Stuart Graham, Free Our City, Ellen Robottom, Leeds TUC. Facilitator: Suzanne Jeffery, Campaign against Climate Change