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

Just and Green: Labour's Ecological Question

  • FREE
  • 60 min
  • Englisch
  • Interdisziplinär
  • mit Zertifikat 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.

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.

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.
  • The participants will also be able to discuss the underlying issues of the jobs vs. environment dilemma.
  • They will also be able to define and relate to key concepts in the environmental-labour debate.
  • The course participants will also be able to analyse and compare the merits of different analytical approaches and policy proposals related to the labour-environment topic.
  • Finally, at the end of the course, the participants will be able to assess related policy proposals.

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.


Kapitel 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
Kapitel 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
Kapitel 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 Bangla-speaking users: ৩য় অধ্যায়ের জন্য কুইজ প্রশ্ন
Kapitel 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 Bangla-speaking users: ৪র্থ অধ্যায়ের জন্য কুইজ প্রশ্ন
Kapitel 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
Kapitel 6
Energy crisis: questions, visions and strategies
Energy crisis: what role for labour in the Global South?
Public ownership of energy
Building working-class power for a mass climate justice movement: a project of popular education
Energy crisis: key questions in and for the global North