Work in a Warming World

W3 Conference 2013

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Work in a Warming World: Labour, Climate Change, and Social Struggle

November 29 – December 1, 2013

University of Toronto, Woodsworth College-Kruger Hall
119 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. M5S 1A9.

We would like to thank all the authors who have submitted abstracts and papers for consideration to participate in our panels and paper presentations for our major international conference on the role of labour and work in the struggle to slow global warming. We have completed our abstract selection process and are finalizing the conference schedule. The conference is for labour and environmentalists, students, academic researchers, policy makers and the concerned public.

Global warming is a universal concern, perhaps the greatest challenge facing work, workers and the planet in the 21st century. The failure of the 2009 Copenhagen conference ensures that the climate change that is already altering national economies, will continue to accelerate. The Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC (2007) estimates that agriculture, forestry, and industry produce 50% of GHGs without including energy or transportation emissions. The ILO’s 2011 Towards a greener economy notes that ‘over 80% of emissions (in the EU) originate from firms’ production of goods’.

There are three sides to the climate threat for work. Climate change is already changing how we work, what we produce, and where we produce it. It shifts employment within and between countries, regions and communities, creating millions of climate migrants in the global north and the global south, dislocating people and industries and futures. But as global warming ravages jobs, work itself produces significant greenhouse gasses (GHGs). And as important as work is to slowing global warming, the role of work and workers has been strangely absent from policy and social science research. Labour and environmental movements have yet to effectively address the role of climate change in the world of work.

What role can workers and their unions play in slowing global warming?

Work in a Warming World (W3), a labour-environment-university research initiative, is organising an international conference on the role of labour and work in the struggle to slow global warming. The conference is for labour, and environmentalists, students, community activists and the concerned public. We encourage those who are interested in attending the conference to register as soon as possible.

Keynote Speakers

D. Miller Photo, links to keynote speaker biography

David Miller
President & CEO WWF Canada
Former Mayor of Toronto

P.  Jennings Photo, links to keynote speaker biography

Philip Jennings
General Secretary, UNI Global Union

Work in a Warming World (W3) is excited to have keynote speakers, David Miller and Philip Jennings, at the W3 International Conference on Labour, Climate Change and Social Struggle. Between them, Miller and Jennings share decades of experience in the fields of law, politics, business, and union relations. Through their work they have been influential actors in promoting social and environmental change and continue to be strong advocates for developing a sustainable future in the spheres of work and the environment.

The W3 Conference aims to:

  • Bring together strategic labour creativity from global north and global south;
  • Make path-breaking labour and environmental research on the climate struggle widely known;
  • Create a platform for ongoing links between researchers and unions to develop ideas, strategies and tactics;
  • Bring labour and labour research to the forefront of greening the world of work;
  • Explore opportunities for labour leadership in the struggle to slow global warming.