Transitioning to Alternatives

Course Overview

The “Just Transition” framework, emerging from the intersection of climate justice and labor movements, supports both the environment and the worker through a set of principles, processes, and practices that are place-based and yet universal. These principles, processes, and practices address the root-causes of climate change by working to transform the imperialist, colonial, and hierarchical relationships among Peoples, with the Earth, and with knowledge production to just, equitable, and regenerative relations through cooperative economies, direct democracy, and public-interest knowledge production. In this course, we shall explore the potential and promise of such a transition. We shall explore how to reduce extraction by reducing consumption, how to reduce waste by producing for need instead of profit, and how to create non-hierarchical organizational structures in cooperative economies. We shall evaluate the roots and limits of existing ‘corporate metrics’ that measure “progress” towards sustainability by learning from the experiences of historically and currently marginalized communities that are first and most affected by climate change. We aim at co-creating ‘metrics’ with the grassroots movements that facilitate the path towards a just transition.


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