The COVID-19 pandemic has been the biggest disruption to the global labor force in generations and has exacerbated inequality. At the same time, 2021’s historic heat waves, forest fires, droughts, hurricanes and floods have brought the impacts of climate change to everyone’s doorstep. Fortunately, new research shows that it is possible to address both problems at once.

On October 18, World Resources Institute, New Climate Economy, and International Trade Union Confederation will launch a new working paper which provides evidence that climate-friendly investments create more jobs that unsustainable investments on a dollar-for-dollar basis. The paper provides job creation estimates for investments in clean energy, public transportation, electric vehicles, and nature-based solutions compared to alternatives. It also offers recommendations for how to improve job quality in green sectors including wages, work security, and accessibility for excluded groups.

This webinar will present the paper’s main findings and a panel discussion with representatives from around the world working on issues of green jobs, job quality, and just transition.

Confirmed Speakers: 

  • Moderator: Helen Mountford, Vice President for Climate and Economics, WRI (paper co-author) 
  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (paper co-author) 
  • Dr. Monica Araya, COP26 High Level Champion for Climate Action on Transport Issues
  • Joel Jaeger, Research Associate II, WRI (paper co-author)
  • Dr. Rebekah Shirley, Director of Research, Data & Innovation, WRI Africa
  • Dave Moxham, Deputy General Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress
  • Michele O'Neil, President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (recorded video)