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2023 Climate and Labor Conference: Bringing Worlds Together

Event Date:

April 19 - 20, 2023 | 9:00 AM WEST
climate and labor: bringing worlds together - April 19 and 20, 2023

Climate change has intensified extreme-weather conditions, like drought, severe floods, and frequent hurricanes, which are already changing human experiences, particularly working conditions. Using labor to discuss climate change can be a powerful engagement tool, as labor is a pathway into most adult lives on this planet. In contrast with the ubiquity and significance of this interconnection, and how important it is for human relations, it has been understudied and, mostly, underreported.

Research carried out by the Pulitzer Center shows that despite climate change having had a profound effect on labor issues around the world, the media landscape has lagged in reporting on the complexity of these relationships.

Critical intersections—including gender discrimination, loss of traditional livelihoods, and a just transition to clean energy—are yet to be fully explored on a global scale and also in public and academic debates. Fostering the public, media, and university communities’ dialogue, which includes strong representation from diverse voices, is key to filling these gaps.

The Centre for Social Studies, the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra, and the Pulitzer Center will hold a two-day conference designed to start a discussion about the connection between climate change and labor rights.

With a global and regional focus, the conference will cultivate powerful discussions amongst the academics, journalists, students, and social movements that are framing the future narrative of this issue in the context of climate justice. Attendees will engage in discussions on climate and labor themes, including global power, social justice, health, capitalism, colonialism, extreme heat, and land rights.

The in-person programming will take place in English and Portuguese. Webinar sessions will also be available in four languages: English, Portuguese, French, and bahasa Indonesia.

#ClimateLabor2023: Bringing Worlds Together is a hybrid conference with an in-person agenda at the University of Coimbra, and virtual programming for a global audience via Zoom. #ClimateLabor2023 will take place on April 19-20. Join us!