The Pandemic, the Economic Crisis and Just Transition


May 27, 2020 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Join the Labor Network for Sustainability, the Climate Justice Alliance, the Indigenous Environmental Network and a team of scholars and activists for the launch of the Just Transition Listening Project. The first session will focus on action in the unfolding economic crisis, featuring the renowned Noam Chomsky, just transition scholar Robert Pollin, and Economic Policy Institute president Thea Lee.

Over the course of the next four months, the Just Transition Listening Project will bring together the stories of workers and community members as they experience extreme changes in their local economy – the impact of plant closures, jobs lost to automation, company downsizing and market changes, industries impacted by climate change.

The Labor Network for Sustainability writes:

“The need for a large-scale Just Transition for workers and communities has never been more urgent as more than 30 million workers have applied for unemployment in the past month. Many face the likelihood that they will never go back to their previous jobs. The Coronavirus pandemic and the economic crisis developing as a result offer an important barometer of whether and how we are prepared socially, politically and economically for massive changes to our economy. The shift to the green economy we need in order to confront the climate crisis will require economic shifts on a similar scale.

“The Just Transition Listening Projectwill offer us important lessons, shared through the experience of workers and community members who have been through such transitions, are going through them now and who face them in the near future.

“We will learn what is in place and what is lacking in government, private sector and community support. We will learn how people adjusted or are adjusting to the changes in their life and work, aspirations for their community and the vision for their local and our global economy.

“These stories will be made available online, through social media and summarized in a published report for policy makers with our findings and recommendations.”


Wednesday, May 27, 5 PM PDT


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