How can we speed up the necessary transition of our economies and societies to a condition of sustainability – by which we mean the possibility of preserving human well-being through time subject to the constraints represented by ecological factors? First of all, by achieving clarity about the nature of the social changes that need to be introduced and by jettisoning, as a first step to this end, two mistaken representations of these changes.

The primary aim of this short guide is to tie the ecological transition firmly to the simultaneous demand for social progress. As the authors see it, such social progress must be erected upon the tripod of equality, employment and social protection. These are the three pillars of the edifice required to produce a social-ecological transition. Simply put, the social-ecological transition answers environmental change with social progress.

This paper is a translation of the essay published by Les Petits matins in cooperation with the Veblen Institute under the following title: Pour une transition sociale-écologique – égalités, emploi, protection sociale

Table of contents

Full text

Related content

Towards a just transition: coal, cars and the world of work

The role of trade unions and social dialogue is key in demonstrating the major differences between coal-based energy generation and the automobile industry. This book presents two faces of a just transition towards a net-zero carbon economy by drawing lessons from these two carbon-intensive sectors. The authors regard just transition not as an... Find out more

Maria da Paz Campos Lima, Martin Kahanec

European youth in an age of austerity: challenges and responses

Transfer stimulates dialogue between the European trade union movement and the academic and research community. It contributes research findings on issues of strategic relevance for trade unions, in particular with regard to developments at the European level. Transfer publishes original peer-reviewed research on issues such as new developments in... Find out more