Panel 15: Working Futures, Reducing Emissions



Panel 15: Working Futures, Reducing Emissions

Greening the Blue: Environmental Activists and Climate Action within the American Labor Movement

Todd Vachon, University of Connecticut

As part of an ongoing ethnographic research project, this talk discusses the role of environmental activists within the labor movement pressing for change from within. It will explore the role of activist pressure within the labor movement—with a focus on “just transition” policies and a “Green New Deal”—as a necessary step to eroding one of the many “pillars of support” for the fossil fuel industry in the U.S (more).

Achieving Carbon Neutrality by 2025, The UC Santa Barbara Approach

Colleen McCamy, University of California, Santa Barbara

In November 2013, University of California President Janet Napolitano challenged the UC system to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025 in scope 1 and 2 emissions in efforts to curb greater environmental degradation. This talk will describe the draft climate action plan for UCSB and the changes that will need to occur in order for us to achieve the goals in the plan (more).

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  1. Colleen McCamy, UC Santa says:

    Dear Viewers,

    Thank you so much for your participation and please feel free to leave a comment or question below. I would love to partake in the discussion and thank you for your time.


    Colleen McCamy

  2. todd.vachon says:

    Hello conference participants, thanks for “attending” this panel. I look forward to discussing the issues of work and climate change in the days ahead. Please feel free to leave any questions and/or comments below and I’ll be sure to reply just as son as I can.

    All the best,


  3. John Mustol, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA. says:

    Todd Vachon,
    Thank you for a very well presented, informative, and helpful discussion. A question that seems to run through many talks and perhaps through the whole climate change/environmental movement is whether or not capitalism is compatible with a just and sustainable future on the planet. Does capitalism need to be replaced, or can it be reformed and adapted to environmental constraints and some conception of justice? That’s a big complex question, but I wondered what the consensus was among the folks you surveyed and what you might think about that?
    Thanks again for a great presentation.
    john mustol

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