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Sustainability worthy of our longing

By Hannah Moersberger and Dylan McGarry This post also appears on the Future Earth blog.  “We are longing for mentors that take care of us as human beings; mentors that act like parents, not like political dictators.” These are the words of Kuda Mudokwani from Zimbabwe, reflecting on struggles and longings of early career change-makers […]

T-learning as Seedbed of Transformation

Zimbabwean farmers creating new markets via creative solidarity relations; South African farmers crossing boundaries between college, youth groups and farmers’ associations; Ethiopian communities re-framing power relations as they protect their sacred natural sites, and university students and administrators hosting a funeral for e-waste on their campus. What do these all have in common?  Qualities and […]

Just Transition(s) and transformative change

By Dunja Krause and Joachim Roth This post originally appeared on Just Transition(s), which is published by the Just Transition Research Collaborative in partnership with the ISSC.  Despite its growing uptake, the Just Transition is often narrowly conceived as a concept to protect workers who are facing unemployment due to climate policy and shifts to sustainable production systems, […]

Lessons learnt and guiding principles for a just energy transition in the Global South

By Thomas Hirsch This post originally appeared on Just Transition(s), which is published by the Just Transition Research Collaborative in partnership with the ISSC.  The Just Transition discourse has its origin in the struggle of North American trade unions for programmes supporting workers who lost their jobs as a result of environmental protection policies in the 1970s and […]

Contesting the colour of a Just Transition in South Africa

By Jacklyn Cock This post originally appeared on Just Transition(s), which is published by the Just Transition Research Collaborative in partnership with the ISSC.  Two new coal-fired power stations, among the largest in the world, are being built in South Africa. Another 10 smaller ones are planned as well as 40 new coal mines, most of them in […]

A Just Transition must include climate change adaptation

By Romain Felli This post originally appeared on Just Transition(s), which is published by the Just Transition Research Collaborative in partnership with the ISSC.  In 2016 UNIA — the largest trade union active in construction and industrial work in Switzerland — won special protection for workers of the Vaud region in the case of severe weather. Now, during the winter months, the […]

Just Transitions as a process with communities, not for communities

By Rebecca Shelton This post originally appeared on Just Transition(s), which is published by the Just Transition Research Collaborative in partnership with the ISSC.  In Eastern Kentucky and Appalachia, the clean energy transition comes at the cost of economic loss in communities that have produced and processed coal for over 100 years. A Just Transition is one in […]

(Re)claiming Just Transition

By Dimitris Stevis This post originally appeared on Just Transition(s), which is published by the Just Transition Research Collaborative in partnership with the ISSC.  As any concept, whether democracy or sustainability, becomes more prominent it becomes increasingly contested. This is no mere disagreement over definitions. Rather it reflects competition over investing terms with particular meanings. That is now […]

Who deserves a Just Transition?

By Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood This post originally appeared on Just Transition(s), which is published by the Just Transition Research Collaborative in partnership with the ISSC.  Who deserves a Just Transition to a cleaner economy? Coal miners, of course! Maybe steel workers, too, and truck drivers? Actually, all working people — and their families — probably need some support. So do the […]

Learning to be un-disciplined for the emergence of the field of transformation

Whether we like it or not, transformation is inevitable. Transformation will either occur through deliberate attempts to shift societal trajectories towards a more sustainable way of living or – if these attempts are not successful – as the impacts of climate and other global changes continue to grow. While we can try to hide under […]