Welcome to Work in a Warming World (W3) @ York University!

W3 Conference 2013: Work in a Warming World: Labour, Climate Change, and Social Struggle From Nov. 29 – Dec. 1

The W3 International Conference “Work in a Warming World: Labour, Climate Change, and Social Struggle” was successfully held at University of Toronto, Woodsworth College-Kruger Hall, 119 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. M5S 1A9.

For further information see: www.workinawarmingworld.yorku.ca/w3conference

Work in a Warming World  is a collaborative research partnership, exploring topics such as climate change, labour and social struggle; with the purpose of better understanding the present and potential role of work in Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

Why research work and global warming? Because the world of work—what’s made, how it’s made, and the training behind production– is crucial to reducing Canada’s GHGs.

W3 is a young research programme, which actively engages the Canadian work world in the struggle to slow global warming. It’s my belief that because workplaces are major producers of GHGs, they can also be effective actors for reducing our carbon footprint.

Academics like me work with architects, engineers, climate scientists, trade unions, social justice and environmental advocacy groups, sectoral councils and para-governmental agencies, to map the impact of climate change on Canadians’ job futures and to craft workable strategies to lower greenhouse emissions in the work place. Affiliated to IRIS, York’s Institute for Research and Innovation on Sustainability, we are action-researchers, whose research is structured to make change happen. This means we are also developing a social agenda for the climate struggle, and training the next generation of social climate scientists.

W3 is a cluster of funded research partnerships—we started early in 2009. We’re interdisciplinary; linking natural sciences, social sciences, law, education and environmental studies. With over 50 researchers and organizations and active links in the EU, Australia, New Zealand, the US and Latin America, our growing network of graduate students hosts internships with trade unions, government and NGOs.

York University has the expertise to bring together the natural sciences and the social sciences, and the creativity to tackle a basic social challenge like this. Moreover, York collaborates widely and effectively with NGOs and universities in a number of countries. It’s my goal for W3 that we foster research collaboration that contributes to real change in the environment in which we work.

Carla Lipsig-Mummé