Working group 7: Green transition—pathway for equal and just planetary futures?

Conveyors: Ilona Steiler, Marjaana Jauhola – Tampere Peace Research Institute, Tampere University, Satu Sundström, EnVi(ro)Care

Green transition has created high hopes for sustainable futures, but also raised fears, confirmed by concrete current examples, of new forms of conflict, violence, and exclusion. Green transition appears to intensify existing divisions and inequalities. For example, the negative consequences of increasing demand for natural resources and commodification of the environment, frontier extractivism, land acquisitions, soil degradation, and loss of biodiversity particularly affect indigenous populations and people in the global South, who are often excluded from debates and decision-making regarding sustainable development. Green transition further exacerbates social and class divisions within societies regarding the affordability of ‘green’ lifestyles and the distribution of costs of green politics. At the same time, geographically distant conflicts and (hidden) violence are often entangled with motivations to contribute to better futures and ethics of care, for instance, in the production and consumption of natural fibres as alternatives to plastic, or in struggles for food/seed/soil sovereignty. Thus, green transition also raises questions of representation, voice, and social inclusion of peasants, migrants, workers, and people with low incomes struggling for livelihoods.

The Working Group invites various contributions (e.g. presentations, work in progress, artistic forms of expression, full papers) addressing (but not limited to):

  • Knowledge production in green transition
  • (Multispecies) intersectionality in green transition
  • Entanglements of violence and care and prospects for peace
  • Global and social justice in green transitions
  • The future of work and labour in green transitions
  • Technologies and infrastructures in and of green transitions

Please send your proposals of maximum 300 words or any queries to satu.sundstrom@tuni.fi. This working group is part of the Research Council of Finland funded project EnVi(r)oCare (2023-7).