The first two sessions of the conference aimed to set the scene for the discussion on the politics and practice of just transition that followed. First up was Shaun Day from REEL News. The idea of just transition has deep roots in the USA and goes back to the 1990’s.
In 2018, Reel News went on a 14 week tour of North America to look at grassroots struggles around climate change, particularly struggles around a “just transition” from fossil fuels to renewable energy, where workers and communities control the process so that they benefit from the transition, and around “just recovery” – recovery from extreme weather events which do not exacerbate current inequalities.
The documentary films that they made, while in the US, record inspiring and visionary struggles all over the continent, led by working class communities of colour, with people organising just transitions and just recoveries themselves.
Shaun showed short extracts from eight of the American Climate Rebels films:
Building a social and solidarity economy in Jackson, Mississippi
Taking on the oil giant Chevron in Richmond, California
Fighting injustice, pollution, environmental damage and police oppression in Los Angeles
People United for Sustainable Housing in Buffalo
Kentucky Miners fighting for renewable energy
Towards a zero carbon, zero waste city – New York
Hurricane Harvey – just recovery in Texas
Minnesota – stopping the tar sands pipeline
Image by Leslie Peterson CC BY NC 2.0 Stand with Standing Rock
Gareth Dale spoke at the Edinburgh World Justice Festival Book Fair on October 19th 2019 on Green Growth, Degrowth and the Green New Deal.
The Edinburgh World Justice Festival (EWJF) began on 28th September and runs through to the 19th October. This year the theme of the festival is Climate Justice. ScotE3 is contributing a meeting on Wednesday 16th October when we’ll be looking at climate activism around the world and how we can make the idea of a just transition real for working class communities and organisations. Obviously we hope you’ll come to the meeting on the 16th but do check out the nineteen other events including the conference on 12th October and the the Bookfair on 19th October.
In the first contribution to our Glasgow public meeting on Stopping North Sea Oil and Gas, Ryan Morrison from Friends of the Earth Scotland introduced the Sea Change Report.
The Edinburgh demonstration on September 20th 2019 was organised by Scottish Youth Climate Strike – Scot.E3 spoke to Sandy one of the organisers.
Here’s a brief clip of the Edinburgh march moving down the Royal Mile – 20,000 marched form the Meadows to Holyrood Park
This is a really useful guide to raising climate issues and climate action in your workplace – see also the draft motion on this blog:
A post from REEL News
In 2018, Reel News went on a 14 week tour of North America to look at grassroots struggles around climate change, particularly struggles around a “just transition” from fossil fuels to renewable energy, where workers and communities control the process so that they benefit from the transition, and around “just recovery” – recovery from extreme weather events which do not exascerbate current inequalities.
What we found were inspiring and visionary struggles all over the continent, led by working class communities of colour, with people organising just transitions and just recoveries themselves. Now, we’ll be presenting what we found in the form of a weekly online 11 episode series starting on Sunday April 14th – 7pm UK time, 3pm New York City time, Midday California time.
Episode 1 is about Alberta, Canada, where the long oil sands boom has come to an end. Falling oil prices are leading to thousands of job losses – which has started a serious conversation in the labour movement about transitioning away from oil to renewables. The need is becoming more urgent as the big oil sands companies look to maximise profits and slash even more jobs through automation. This film looks at a number of initiatives, the history of oppression of First Nations people to get the resources in the first place, and a rare chance to hear from oil sands workers themselves, including women and First Nations workers.
With the current growing uprising over climate change giving renewed hope, we’re hoping that this will not only inspire you further – but will also help a little in putting the idea of just transition at the forefront of the movement.
Jonathan Neale from the Campaign Against Climate Change was the first contributor to the Just Transitions Conference organised by Scot.E3 on 17th November in Edinburgh
Just Transitions: Employment, Energy and Environment
Friday 12th October, 7.30pm Augustine United Church, George 4th Bridge, Edinburgh
Showing of the REEL News film, Just Transitions, followed by discussion