Just Transition

Groups fighting for energy democracy at all levels of society are leading resistance and remedies towards a better future. Profit-driven energy models have escalated the climate crisis, failed to decarbonise our energy systems, and do not provide universal access to clean, affordable energy. We need to unite globally to transition to public energy systems rooted in justice, solidarity and democracy. The global energy democracy movement recognises that the energy transition is an urgent opportunity to reclaim our energy systems from the market and put ...
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An event reportOn 27 June and 28 June 2022, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Brussels organised an international conference with trade unionists, academics and transport transition activists from Europe and Brazil to discuss the necessary transformation of the international car industry and the creation of alternative jobs in the EU and other world regions, such as Brazil. The increasing financial burden for households with medium and small incomes, the rising fuel prices, and the unchecked ...
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Conference reportA web conference organised by the left group in the European Parliament THE LEFT and the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Brusssels Here you find the video recording in English: https://youtu.be/vsy3toU4U8k Transport is the only sector whose greenhouse gas emissions have risen unchecked in recent years. Worldwide, around 23 percent of greenhouse gas emissions stem from the transport sector, largely from fuel combustion by cars, trucks, buses and ...
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With Dalia Gebrial, Mathew Lawrence, Harpreet Kaur PaulNew podcast series in collaboration with Verso Books Episode 1: How can the left build power in times of crisis? Our first episode, recorded by the beach in Brighton at The World Transformed festival, is hosted by writer and journalist Dalia Gebrial. Dalia is joined by Mathew Lawrence, co-author of Planet on Fire: A Manifesto for the Age of Environmental Breakdown, and Harpreet Kaur Paul, human rights lawyer and co-founder of Tipping Point UK. Climate justice: from narrative to action: Writers...
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The news over the last few weeks gives us the lasting feeling that the climate crisis has accelerated and we have passed the point of no return. The flow of catastrophic footage started with the extremely unusual heatwave and wildfires in Canada and continued with the massive floods in Belgium and Germany. While Angela Merkel, who has been the German Chancellor for the last 15 years, described the destruction in Germany as “surreal”, these events are all too real and will stay in people’s minds for a long time to come. Meanwhile, the European Commission is ...
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With contributions from: Ulrike Eifler, DIE LINKE, Spokesperson for BAG Betrieb und Gewerkschaft, the working group on enterprise and trade unions; Benjamin Denis, IndustriALL; Katharina Stierl, Students for Future; Károly György, Hungarian Trade Union Confederation You can find the English video of the web conference here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcJhEXatfqE The German version is available here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZokCs4dCayk The ...
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Towards a coordinated action for the social-ecological transformation of the European automotive industryAbout the book The European automotive industry is undergoing deep structural transformations. In addition to the twin challenge of mastering the digital and ecological transition, it has to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 containment measures. All these changes are taking place within highly globalised value chains that have resulted from excessive offshoring and thus affect workers beyond single nation states or the European Union alone. The shift to ...
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Steps toward free local public transportation

Manuela Kropp, Project Manager, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Brussels
Web conference on April 22, 2021 forming part of the Right to Mobility seriesThis was the third and final event in the Right to Mobility series, jointly organized by Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung New York City, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung São Paulo, and Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Brussels. You can find more information about the previous events at the following links: Women in the City and Mobility (February 25, 2021): www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK7-a_XhKnA; and Right to Mobility against Racism (March 25, 2021): www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUPYqT2OZXc. Buses and ...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has seen 40 million people moved into short-time work across the EU, and over 16 million are now unemployed, 2 million more than a year earlier, before the pandemic hit. Aside from the impact of COVID-19, in-work poverty has also been on the rise for years, meaning that more and more people cannot make ends meet despite being in work. One in 10 workers falls below the poverty threshold, equivalent to a 12% rise in recent years. One of the main reasons for this development is rising ...
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Raw material extraction, transportation and waste disposal are triggering environmental conflicts worldwide. All types of material throughput in the global economy bear consequences for social justice and sustainability. Yet very few materials better represent the economic, social and moral tensions intertwined in societal metabolism, i.e. material and energy use of human societies, than coal. Data collection on environmental conflicts – including coal conflicts (Roy 2018) – has emphasised the ...
read more "Overcoming crises of representation? Arts in anti-coal struggles in Colombia and California"