Karacho
Markus Wissen, Stefanie Lorenzen, Edlira Xhafa, Dr Frank Hoffer, Michael Stöckel, Silpa Satheesh, John Mark Mwanika, Sam Mason, Nora Räthzel, Bela Galgoczi, Alana Dave, Mametlwe Sebei, Dimitris Stevis, and Patrick Bond

Just and Green: Labour's Ecological Question

  • FREE
  • 56 min
  • Bengali, German, English, Spanish, and Serbian
  • Interdisciplinary
  • with certificate upgrade option

What is the course about?

This online course explores different aspects of the ‘jobs vs. environment dilemma’ through a lens of current struggles, as well as academic and policy debates. The different downloadable lectures, reading materials and zoom workshops discuss fundamental transformations in the ways we produce, consume and organise our economy and society.

Check out our webinar: "Labour and the Energy Crisis", which took place in September 2022, and webinar "From Victims to Actors of Just Transition: Lessons from the Lucas Aerospace Workers' Plan". 

Key concepts

jobs vs. environment, green growth, de-growth, environmentalism, just transition, decarbonization, global labour transformation, natural resources, economic and ecological policies, working conditions

Course workload

The estimated workload is 6-7 hours per chapter if you read also the key reading for each unit.

Course certificates

You can also purchase a certifcate by the Global Labour University and iversity.

If you meet the course requirements, you can also obtain a scholarship from the Global Labour University. For details on the requirements, read carefully the information in Chapter 1, Unit 1.

Course content

Chapter 1
Course Introduction
Certificates and Scholarships
Welcome to the course
Let us get to know each other
Join or organise a local activity
Etiquette for the online discussion
Glossary of terms
Chapter 2
Setting the context: Why is the environment a lab…
Climate justice - Capitalism is the problem! Can workers be the solution?
Facts and figures on greenhouse gas emissions
Only for BCMS-speaking users: Kviz za Poglavije 2
Only for Bangla-speaking users: ২য় অধ্যায়ের জন্য কুইজ প্রশ্ন
Only for Spanish speakers Cuestionario Capítulo 2
Only for German-speaking users: Quizfragen für Kapitel 2
Chapter 3
Responding to the environmental crisis and pushin…
The struggle for transition from coal dependency in Colombia
Farmworkers and fishworkers resistance to river pollution in India
Labour's strategy for just and green transport system in Kenya and Senegal
Labour's coalition of anti-fracking in the UK
Only for BCMS-speakers: Kviz za poglavlje 3
Only for Bangla-speaking users: ৩য় অধ্যায়ের জন্য কুইজ প্রশ্ন
Only for Spanish speakers - Cuestionario Capítulo 3
Only for German-speaking users: Quizfragen für Kapitel 3
Chapter 4
Theoretical and conceptual debates on labour and …
Labour and the environment: a contradictory relationship
Labour and environment: perspectives of a just transition
A radical perspective addressing the socio-ecological crisis
Only for BCMS-speaking users: Kviz za Poglavije 4
Only for Bangla-speaking users: ৪র্থ অধ্যায়ের জন্য কুইজ প্রশ্ন
Only for Spanish speakers Cuestionario Capítulo 4
Only for German-speaking users: Quizfragen für Kapitel 4
Chapter 5
Meeting the environmental challenge: labour polic…
Just transition and social dialogue
Expanding public transport
The Green New Deal: Protecting the environment, communities and workers
Only for BCMS-speakers: Kviz za poglavlje 5
Only for Bangla-speaking users: ৫ম অধ্যায়ের জন্য কুইজ প্রশ্ন
Only for Spanish speakers Cuestionario Capítulo 5
Only for German-speaking users: Quizfragen für Kapitel 5
Chapter 6
Energy crisis: questions, visions and strategies
Energy crisis: what role for labour in the Global South?
Energy crisis: key questions in and for the global North
Public ownership of energy
Building working-class power for a mass climate justice movement: a project of popular education
Only for BCMS-speakers: Kviz za poglavlje 6
Only for Bangla-speaking users: ৬ষ্ঠ অধ্যায়ের জন্য কুইজ প্রশ্ন
Only Spanish speakers Cuestionario Capítulo 6
Only for German-speaking users: Quizfragen für Kapitel 6

What will you learn?

At the end of the course, the participants will be able to: 

  • state key facts related to the unequal distribution of greenhouse emissions as well as define and relate to key concepts in the environmental-labour debate;
  • discuss the underlying issues of the jobs vs. environment dilemma and explain the limitations of this debate;
  • analyse and compare the merits of different analytical approaches related to the labour-environment topic;
  • assess related policy proposals and formulate proposals, which are relevant for their own context.

      What is the target audience?

      Trade unionists, and labour, environmental and community activists

      What prior knowledge is required?

      This is a multi-disciplinary course drawing on the fields of social, political and economic sciencescourse. It is at the level of a Masters’ programme, but the concepts are explained in an accessible and well-illustrated way, so it is also possible to participate in the course using skills and knowledge acquired outside formal education. The course requires a working level of English.

      Course instructors

      Selected Course Reviews

      Overall Rating 4.4 (48 students)

      (4.4)
      Bojana Bijelovic Bosanac
      11 months
      (5.0)
      Shajib Dey
      11 months
      (5.0)

      Basic Understanding and Sharpen knowledge

      Concrete Issues and Lectures. But time is short to learn for the best.

      Ziauddin Babul
      11 months
      (5.0)
      DR HEMRAJ DHURVEY
      11 months
      (5.0)
      Thi Thuong Hien Dong
      11 months
      (5.0)
      ZAMIWE CHIKANI
      11 months
      (5.0)
      ASAD MEHMOOD
      10 months
      (4.0)
      S.M. Ahasan Habib
      10 months
      (5.0)
      Ms Nice Coronacion
      10 months
      (4.0)
      Pratima Bhatta
      10 months
      (5.0)
      susan wanjiru
      10 months
      (5.0)
      Chinegbonkpa Hope A. Nwakanma
      10 months
      (5.0)
      Didit Saleh
      10 months
      (5.0)
      MD MEEM NUR HOSAIN TURZO
      10 months
      (3.0)
      Mr Lokendra Paneru
      10 months
      (5.0)
      RAZAQ BELLO (Online Tutor)
      9 months
      (5.0)
      Vishal Kamble
      9 months
      (5.0)
      Bilal Khan
      9 months
      (5.0)
      Mr Shalith Athurupana
      9 months
      (4.0)
      Narcisse ZANNOU
      9 months
      (5.0)

      c'est un cours bien structuré

      toutes les chapitres ont été contributive à mon édification. une bonne communication doit être fait autour de ce cours pour qu'il soit un élément pivot dans le processus de changement visais de l'environnement en tenant compte de l'importance de la préservation du travail .

      Alejandra Soifer
      9 months
      (5.0)
      Selen Uncular
      7 months
      (5.0)
      Hassan Anka Salihu
      6 months
      (5.0)
      Ms Kendi Bernice
      5 months
      (5.0)
      Mercy Nyakio
      5 months
      (3.0)
      Mr Mehedee Islam
      5 months
      (5.0)
      Arunduty rani
      5 months
      (5.0)
      Johann Philipczyk
      4 months
      (5.0)
      Mr Evans Mwendwa
      4 months
      (5.0)
      Ms Tina Renier
      4 months
      (5.0)
      Ms Taryn Graziel Espiritu
      4 months
      (5.0)
      Ms Madhurangani Godamuduna
      4 months
      (5.0)

      Regarding course

      Its best course

      Ms Tharukshi Sethmini Hettiarachchi
      4 months
      (5.0)
      Mr APPOLINAIRE ABIMBOLA
      3 months
      (5.0)
      Ari Wibowo
      3 months
      (5.0)
      Sarinah .
      3 months
      (5.0)

      Meaningful

      I like the course. It really provided material that we need for actions where we live in a world that requires radical changes to save our planet while maintaining equal distribution.

      Nokoro Bamba
      2 months
      (5.0)
      Ms Awa DIA
      about 2 months
      (5.0)

      C'est la camarade Marie Soumaré THIAM qui m'intégrer dans le cercle d'étude pour participater à cette formation

      Toutes les vidéos sont intéressantes . J'ai beaucoup appris sur la transition juste

      Benjamin Velasco
      about 1 month
      (5.0)
      Mr Joseph Thomas Jallah
      about 1 month
      (5.0)