The term ‘Just Transition’ has come from the trade union movement and encapsulates their demand that workers do not lose out in the move away from fossil fuels towards a zero carbon economy. Those whose jobs will be lost need to be given support and training to move into new jobs in transforming our buildings, energy system and transport.
The decades-long debate over climate change has had a particularly unfair impact on the world’s younger generation. Not only are they inheriting the massive and unprecedented problem of climate change, but most are not getting the right level of education to know what to do with this unfortunate inheritance.
Actor Joaquin Phoenix said in his Oscar acceptance speech that “When we use love and compassion as our guiding principles we can develop and implement systems of change that are beneficial to all sentient beings, and to the environment.”
About the same time this speech was given, in early 2020, the Systems Change Alliance (SCA) was formed by a small group of people from different countries. Like Phoenix, we also believe that implementing change with love and compassion is the best way to save both people and planet.