Just Transition Resource List

“Just Transition is a principle, a process and a practice.” 

It’s increasingly common to hear discussion about how imperative it is that we make a rapid transition to a sustainable energy alternative to an economy dependent on fossil fuels, and growing concern that this transition must be “just” for impacted workers, frontline communities that have historically borne a disproportionate burden of the negative impacts of our reliance on fossil fuels, and local governments whose tax base and budget are dependent on the fossil fuel economy.  But not everyone who talks about a just transition means the same thing.  

Below is a list of resources that offer a variety of perspectives on what constitutes a just transition to a regenerative sustainable energy economy and society.

Principles of Just Transition

Just Transition Alliance, 1997
https://jtalliance.org/what-is-just-transition/

“Just Transition” — Just What Is It?
An Analysis of Language, Strategies, and Projects

Labor Network for Sustainability & Strategic Practice: Grassroots Policy Project, April 2016
https://www.labor4sustainability.org/uncategorized/just-transition-just-what-is-it/

A Just Transition for U.S. Fossil Fuel Industry Workers

Robert Pollin and Brian Callaci, The American Prospect, July 6, 2016
https://prospect.org/environment/just-transition-u.s.-fossil-fuel-industry-workers/

A Just Transition for Fossil Fuels Workers is Possible

Robert Pollin (interviewed by Sharmini Peries), The Real News Network, October 23, 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHCbieHFPKg

Indigenous Principles of Just Transition

Indigenous Environmental Network, 2017
https://www.ienearth.org/justtransition/

Just Transition: A Framework for Change

Climate Justice Alliance, 2017
https://climatejusticealliance.org/just-transition/

Movement Generations Just Transition Zine

Movement Generation, 2017
https://movementgeneration.org/justtransition/

A ‘Just Transition’ for Fossil Fuel Workers
The search for a jobs-positive shift to clean energy

Nathan C. Martin, Western Confluence, March 14, 2017
http://westernconfluence.org/a-just-transition-for-fossil-fuel-workers/

Victory Over the Sun: Postwar America’s greatest environmentalist was a labor leader

Connor Kilpatrick, Jacobin, August 2017
https://jacobinmag.com/2017/08/victory-over-the-sun

Trade Unions and Just Transition:  The Search for a Transformative Politics

Sean Sweeney and John Treat, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, January 2018
http://unionsforenergydemocracy.org/resources/tued-publications/tued-working-paper-11-trade-unions-and-just-transition/

A Guide for Trade Unions: Involving trade unions in climate action to build a just transition

European Trade Union Confederation, May 15, 2018
https://www.etuc.org/en/publication/involving-trade-unions-climate-action-build-just-transition-guide-video#.WvqRZ4iFM2w

“It’s Eco-Socialism or Death”: An Interview With Kali Akuno

Jacobin, February 2019
https://jacobin.com/2019/02/kali-akuno-interview-climate-change-cooperation-jackson

What’s in a just transition?
A roundtable on the meaning of the movement

Heather Milton-Lightening, Kali Akuno, Mostafa Henaway, Hayley Zacks, and Jamie Kirkpatrick, Briarpatch, April 29, 2019
https://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/whats-in-a-just-transition

Briarpatch: The Just Transition Issue

Briarpatch, May/June 2019
https://briarpatchmagazine.com/issues/view/may-june-2019

A Just Transition Requires a Planned Economy.  But Whose Plan?

David Gray-Donald and Emily Eaton, Briarpatch Magazine, October 10, 2019
https://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/a-just-transition-requires-a-planned-economy-but-whose-plan

Climate Change Is Class Struggle

Matt Huber, Jacobin, December 19, 2019
https://jacobinmag.com/2019/12/on-fire-naomi-klein-review-climate-change

A ‘Just Transition’ for Fossil Fuel Workers

Stephen Lacey, Green Tech Media, June 5, 2020
https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/a-just-transition-for-fossil-fuel-workers

Many fossil fuel workers like me want to transition to renewables — but we need support

Matt Craigan, The Guardian, September 29, 2020
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/29/fossil-fuel-workers-transition-renewables-covid

Letter to Contra Costa on Just Transition from Fossil Fuels

Sunflower Alliance, November 20, 2020
https://www.sunflower-alliance.org/letter-to-contra-costa-on-just-transition-from-fossil-fuels/

California’s oil industry could become a just transition model

Justin Gerdes, Energy Monitor, September 21, 2020 (updated October 9, 2020)
https://energymonitor.ai/policy/just-transition/californias-oil-industry-could-become-a-just-transition-model

Just Transition and Extractive Industry Workers

X344543, IWW Environmental Union Caucus, January 26, 2021
https://ecology.iww.org/node/4153

Letter re California’s Just Transition Roadmap

United Steelworkers District 12, May 14, 2021
https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2021/21-05-USW-D12-letter-to-CA-Gov-OPR.pdf

Why a California oil workers union is getting behind clean energy

Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, June 10, 2021
https://www.latimes.com/environment/newsletter/2021-06-10/why-a-california-oil-workers-union-is-getting-behind-clean-energy-boiling-point

If our oil jobs are ending, we need safety nets and good replacement work

Norman Rogers (VP of United Steelworkers Local 675), Los Angeles Times, October 23, 2021
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-10-23/oil-gas-jobs-clean-energy-california

How Trade Unions and Climate Advocates in California Can Forge an Alliance

Aaron Cantu, Capital & Main, October 28, 2021
https://capitalandmain.com/how-trade-unions-and-climate-advocates-in-california-can-forge-an-alliance

From Crisis to Transformation: What Is Just Transition?
A Just Transition Primer

Kali Akuno, Katie Sandwell, Lyda Fernanda Forero, Jaron Browne, November 2022
https://ggjalliance.org/resources/jtprimer/

Just Transition and Militarism

Steve Morse and Chuck Vandagriff, Veterans for Peace Climate Crisis and Militarism Project
https://www.veteransforpeace.org/take-action/climatecrisis/just-transition