▶ The just transition in Europe: No climate justice without social justice

November 8, 2021 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Speaker: Greens/EFA Group, Oikos

Event type: Hybrid


In this event, we will first explore how Greens from the EU and the UK propose to marry climate justice with social justice. In the second half of the event, we engage in an interactive exchange with the audience for experiences and lessons learned elsewhere (in Europe or outside of Europe).  

Join Greens/EFA MEP, Sara Matthieu, European Green Party committee member, Jean Lambert, former Director of the Spanish office of the International Labour Organisation, Joaquín Nieto Sáinz, and Myrah Vandermeulen, of green think tank Oikos, for a conversation on how we combine climate and social justice as our societies undergo the massive transitions required to tackle the climate crisis. 

On the table: 

Climate justice requires us to urgently address the climate crisis. We know which technical breakthroughs are needed, but we also know they irrevocably lead to deep economic and social change.   We need to anticipate these shocks in a time when inequalities are on the rise. How do we ensure the benefits and burdens are fairly shared in society?  How do we go beyond policies that merely provide compensation, but actually increase social justice in society?  


Moderated by Myrah Vandermeulen.  Myrah Vandermeulen is staff member of Oikos, green think tank of the Flemish Greens. She will introduce the event, give a sneak preview of the upcoming Oikos book on Just Transition, and moderate the discussion.  

Jean Lambert:  Jean Lambert is a Committee Member of the European Green Party, and former Member of the European Parliament between 1999 and 2019, where she was Coordinator of the Commitee Employment and Social Affairs. She is active in the European Just Transition Alliance.  

Sara Matthieu. Sara Matthieu is a Belgian member of the European Parliament for the Greens/EFA. She leads the discussions for the Greens/EFA group on the social climate fund proposed in the new EU climate package. She focuses on a fair and just transition in her work in the environment, international trade and social affairs committees of the Parliament. 

Joaquín Nieto Sáinz was Director of the Spanish office of the International Labour Organisation from  2011 to 2021 and Confederal Secretary for Environment and Occupational Health of the Spanish   trade union Comisiones Obreras (1991-2008). He was, also, co-founder of Fundación EQUO (now Transición Verde) in 2011 and is a member of the Council for Sustainable Development. He is author of “The Challenges of Climate Change” and co-author of many books and publications such as “Just Transition: the socio-labour dimension of climate change.” He received the 2002 Award for Personal Trajectory in Defence of the Earth. 

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