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Labor Leading on Climate Initiative

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The Labor Leading on Climate Initiative advances knowledge, policies, and practices to enhance the role of labor and working people in addressing the environmental and climate crises.

Skinner Participates at INET’s Just Transition and the Transition to Justice Conference


Lara Skinner, Director of the Worker Institute’s Labor Leading on Climate Initiative participated in the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) panel session “Retaking the Commons: What Will It Take?” on Tuesday, September 28th, Just Transition and the Transition to Justice conference.

Ambitious climate policy needs a broad-based organizing effort to combat the fossil fuel industry. As the climate movement moves towards embracing racial and economic justice as part of climate advocacy, the panelists discussed: what strategies and policies are needed to build a multi-racial, multi-class coalition? How can movements build the power needed to ensure the low-carbon transition is just?

Dr. Skinner was joined by panelists: Mijin Cha, Assistant Professor, Urban and Environmental Policy, Occidental College; Rhiana Gunn-Wright, Climate Policy Director, Roosevelt Institute; Michael Mendez, Assistant Professor, Environmental Planning and Policy at the University of California, Irvine; and Danielle Deane-Ryan, National Academies of Sciences Committee Member, Accelerating Decarbonization in the United States and Principal, JADE Advisors