INET Live | Just Transition and the Transition to Justice

Sep 28, 2021 | 13:00 – 17:00 Download .ics


Scientists have been sounding the alarm for decades about the severe global impact that rising temperatures will have on the environment, economies, and health outcomes, and ultimately humanity’s long-term survival. With disaster after disaster stacking up, the time for action is now.

But what sort of action and how it will impact social equity? After all, climate change is real – but so is the climate gap, the pattern in which some communities are especially threated by disasters and could also be left behind in the new green economy that might emerge from finally addressing the crisis.

What are the distributional dimensions of our climate conundrum? How can we design policies that lead to a “just transition”? What is the role of social movements in making equitable change possible? And what is the role of economics in helping society rediscover our commitment to the commons and our common good?

In this program, part of a multi-part series on climate debates, the Institute for New Economic Thinking examines the role of economics in climate change, the role of community organizing in shifting policy, and the reason why this moment may be an opportunity not only for a just transition but for a transition to justice in which equity gets centered in our economic theory, narrative, and practice.

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Meet the leaders and scholars whose new thinking guides our work. View all speakers

  • Angela Glover Blackwell

    Founder in Residence, PolicyLink

  • Ashindi Maxton

    Co-Founder & Executive Director, Donors of Color Network

  • Johanna Chao Kreilick

    President, Union of Concerned Scientists

  • Manuel Pastor

    Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California

    Director, USC Equity Research Institute

  • john a. powell

    Governing Board, INET

  • Danielle Deane-Ryan

    National Academies of Sciences Committee Member, Accelerating Decarbonization in the United States

    Principal, JADE Advisors