Green Work, Brown World: Labour and the Dilemma of Climate Change, Jan 25, 2013

International Panel: Green Work, Brown World: Labour and the Dilemma of Climate Change

Friday, January 25, 2013, 5:30-7:30pm

Where: Victoria College at University of Toronto, Alumni Hall.

91 Charles St. West. Toronto, On, M5S 1K7

An initiative of the Work in a Warming World Research Programme.

An early evening Panel of leading labour environmentalists and activist intellectuals to discuss the hard challenges and creative strategies for labour leadership on global warming.


Karen Hawley, Environmental researcher and educator (Ottawa)

Donald Lafleur, 4th Vice-President, Canadian Union of Postalworkers (Ottawa)

Isabelle Ménard, conseillère syndicale–environnement Confédération des syndicats nationaux (Montréal)

Andrea Peart, National Representative, Health, Safety and Environment, Canadian Labour Congress (Ottawa)

Joe Uehlein, Director, Labor Network for Sustainability (Washington, D.C.)

Across the planet, the world is browning, not greening. Greenhouse gas emissions continue to grow and grow, and strategies for slowing global warming remain ineffective.

The world of work is a major producer of GHGs.  But can work also be a leading site for reducing greenhouse gasses? Can workers and their unions lead the struggle to slow global warming? The question is central to decent work in the 21st century.

Work in a Warming World (W3) is a community-university research initiative of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. W3’s Public Panels have been held in Fredericton, Vancouver, and Toronto, in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

W3’s International Panel brings together labour environmentalists and academics from Canada and the US to discuss the hard issues that unions face, and to share the strategies that work. The hard issues have, to date, kept unions from playing the major role they can and must play in the struggle to slow global warming. Labour’s strategic creativity, however, is less well-known.