Free Webinar – Jobs in a zero carbon world: a just transition

Free Webinar – Jobs in a zero carbon world: a just transition


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Join us for the next in our series of free online webinars. On 13 January, CAT’s Head of Graduate School, Adrian Watson, and current Sustainability and Adaptation MSc student, Tanya Hawkes, will explore how we can transition to low carbon jobs in a just and fair way, and what these jobs are likely to be.

This winter’s free webinars feature our Graduate School lecturers, Short Course tutors and guest speakers, introducing a wide range of sustainability topics, from habitat management and biodiverse gardening to climate change psychology and a just transition. 

How can we transition to low carbon jobs, in a just and fair way?

Environmentally sound practices and technologies are essential to meet the demands of the climate and biodiversity emergency, and investment in these areas must be central to rebuilding the post-COVID economy.

But where are the new opportunities and jobs likely to be, and how can we transition to low carbon jobs in a just and fair way? CAT’s Head of Graduate School, Adrian Watson, and current Sustainability and Adaptation MSc student, Tanya Hawkes, will explore this topic, asking: what does a just transition for jobs look like? 

Powering down high emitting industries and powering up low carbon industries requires huge societal changes, in energy provision, land use, transport and construction. History shows us that many communities, regions and families fared badly in the past when certain industries were forced to close, leaving persistent and generational pockets of deprivation in many de-industrialised areas of the UK.

Just transition is a principle and a practice, recognising the complexity of a) creating a low carbon society to protect future generations around the world and b) protecting workers and communities from the impacts of economic changes. These complexities are often viewed as in tension with each other, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

Focusing on her MSc research, Tanya will explore the work of the just transition movement and present case studies of practical just transition work in the UK that aims to protect workers, restore and enhance biodiversity and create new and sustainable jobs that address the triple bottom line of environmental, social and economic solutions.

 Key information

  • Duration: 1 hour, including talk and Q&A
  • Upcoming dates: Wednesday 13 January 2021
  • Start time: 7.30pm
  • Spaces are limited
  • Booking required (see below)
  • There will be opportunities to ask questions

How it works

  • Webinars are hosted on Zoom and booking a place is required (see below).
  • You can only book one place at a time.
  • Bookings require a functioning email address as the link to access the webinar will be sent there. Only one booking is allowed per email address.
  • You’ll usually receive notifications from us 1 day and 1 hour before the event is scheduled to take place.
  • This notification will include a Zoom webinar link. Simply click shortly before the webinar is due to begin.
  • Do not share your email link with other users. Space on the webinars is limited and each link will only give one user access.
  • If you have any questions please get in touch

Meet the speakers

Tanya Hawkes has a DipHE in Environmental Policy, and is currently a student at CAT, researching a just transition in the context of land use for her MSc in Sustainability and Adaptation. She has worked in the environmental world for nearly 20 years on climate change and human rights issues, and currently works in CAT’s membership department.

Adrian Watson is Head of CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment. Before joining CAT, Adrian worked as Head of Division of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University, following spells lecturing across a range of disciplines from Analytical Chemistry to Environmental Health. His research experience is as an environmental chemist specialising in the assessment of air quality and its impacts such as health, particularly at urban and indoor scales.

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