How the term “just transition” went from a niche idea in the U.S. labor rights movement to a global call for economic, social, and environmental transformation.
A just transition has the potential to create millions of new jobs globally if we implement the Paris Agreement in a way that takes the social and economic well-being of whole communities into account.
On this episode of Heat of the Moment, we hear from Moustapha Kamal Gueye, the global coordinator for green jobs at the International Labour Organization, on how the term “just transition” went from a niche idea in the U.S. labor rights movement to a global call for economic, social, and environmental transformation.
Then reporter Elna Schütz heads to Emalahleni, South Africa, to hear how the local and national governments are working to make sure all voices are heard as the coal community makes a green transition.
And finally, Sandeep Pai of the Center for Strategic and International Studies joins us to discuss how the fourth-largest carbon-emitting country in the world, India, plans on decarbonizing.
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