Who Deserves a Just Transition?

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In a new article published by Medium.com, international trade and climate policy researcher Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood says deciding who is included in the Just Transition conversation is a more complicated question than it first appears.

If a productive, equitable outcome for all workers is the goal of a Just Transition, then we must look beyond the immediate impacts on fossil fuel workers and consider who else may be vulnerable. Failing to put equity considerations first can result in Just Transition policies that ignore the people most in need of support.

As governments increasingly take up the Just Transition cause and start putting money into social projects and programmes, these equity considerations need to be put at the forefront of the conversation.

Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood (@hadrianmk) is a researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and a contributor to Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change.


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