Labor and Climate: Success stories of political convergence

Rejecting the false dilemma of jobs versus the environment, unions and climate justice groups are building a movement for social and climate justice. In this session, we will listen to various examples of such political convergences, from anti-fracking struggles to public transport campaigns, and many more.

in Labor in the Age of Climate Change

November 24th, Saturday, 10h00


Stefania Barca (Center for Social Studies, Portugal)

stefaniaStefania Barca is senior researcher at the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (CES/UC). She has PhD in Economic History from the University of Bari (Italy). She currently coordinates a graduate seminar on Ecological Crisis and Democracy and lectures in Political Ecology at CES/UC. She has served as vice-president of the European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) between 2011 and 2013, and now serves as member of the editorial board of the journal Environmental History. She has published articles in national and international journals in the fields of Economic History, Environmental History, Ecological Economics, and Political Ecology and is the author of two books and co-author of a textbook on environmental history.

sam masonSam Mason (Public and Commercial Services Union, UK)

Sam Mason is a Policy Officer at PCS trade union with a focus on the impacts of climate change and the environment on workers, and the need for a Just Transition to a zero carbon economy. Sam is also a member of the New Lucas Plan project developing a grassroots workers response to multiple crises of automation, militarization and climate change based on ecologically and socially useful production.

Mikel Noval (Basque Workers’ Solidarity)mikel noval

Mikel Noval is the responsible for social policy and environment of ELA (Basque Workers’ Solidarity), the largest trade union in the Basque Country.  Throughout his political life, he advocated for alternative policy proposals for a social and ecological  transition. He also participates in alliances of unions and social movements.

Asbjørn Wahl (Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees)

Asbjørn Wahl has many years of experience in the trade union movement, both at the national and the international level. He has served as President of the Urban Transport Committee of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) as well as Chair of the ITF Working Group on Climate Change. He is also Special Adviser at the broad Campaign for the Welfare State.asbjorn Asbjørn Wahl was a founding member of Attac Norway and he is a member of the Co-ordinating Committee of the Alter Summit network, a member of the Global Advisory Group of the Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED) network. He has published a number of articles on politics, social and labour questions in magazines and books both in Norway and internationally – and the book “The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State” (Pluto Press, London, 2011). He is a Research Fellow of Parkland Institute, Edmonton, Canada.

Moderator: Pedro Miguel Sousa (Climáximo, Portugal)