Fresh from the success of the January Sustainable Prosperity Conference, a group of around eighty volunteers have started a Just Transition Action Group in Adelaide.
Whether we call it a Green New Deal, a Just Transition, a People’s Recovery or something else, it means no new fossil fuel projects, fair compensation and re-training for fossil fuel workers, rapidly taking the massive scale of action we need to combat climate change, and providing a job to everyone that needs or wants one through a permanent, federally funded Job Guarantee.
If your response is “Yes! Exactly!”, then please do get involved. If your response is “Sounds too good to be true”, then drop us a line and talk to us! Although ostensibly Adelaide based, our group is open to everyone.
What will we be doing? Right now we are hosting regular online talks every Monday night on Zoom to learn about and discuss different topics, keep connected, and support each other.
When we are able to meet in person again, we will have a book club, an action group that organises forums with progressive local councils to talk about how a job guarantee could connect the untapped potential of people with the un-met needs of the the community (including climate action), and a group to reach out to allies and form connections in the broader movement.
Timetable of upcoming talks
Monday 1 June SPECIAL 2 hour event: Online People’s Assembly on volunteering and a Job Guarantee, facilitated by Dr Sonia Randhawa, founder of the Coalition of Everyone
Monday 8 June: Pas Forgione from ACOSS will tell us what’s next for the Raise the Newstart Rate campaign
Monday 15 June: Rethinking Capitalism – we look back on everything we’ve learned in this series (facilitated by Steven Hail)
We’re hosting regular online meetings every Monday night up till 15th June, starting at 7:00pm South Australian time. This includes public holidays. Each meeting will start with a main speaker talking about something of interest for about 30 minutes, followed by 30 minutes for questions and discussion.
At 8:10pm on alternate Mondays we will continue with Online Book Club and on the opposite Monday we will talk about communication and messaging, share ideas, quotes and visuals etc.
Catch up on past events
Monday 30 March: Economist and Unionist Lachlan McCall spoke about changing the economic paradigm and the Coronavirus response. No recording is available for this session, but notes can be sent on request.
Monday 6 April: Dr Cameron Murray discussed his proposal for a Central Housing Bank: help in a crisis and beyond. Watch online here
Monday 13 April: We heard from Dr Kate Wylie about Climate Medicine – recording link available on request.
Monday 20th April: Ed Miller from GetUp gave us his insights into the rapidly evolving political economy of a People’s Recovery / Green New Deal for Australia. Recording link available on request.
Monday 27 April: Q&A with Kelly Menzel, proud Ngadjuri woman and Senior Lecturer at Deakin University – watch online here
Monday 4th May: Economist Warwick Smith from Per Capita and The Castlemaine Institute – watch online here
Monday 11th May: Chat with David Olney and Tim Whiffen from the Blind Insights podcast – watch online here
Monday 18th May: Ella Factor, Campaign Organiser for LEAN and Field Organiser at CPSU – watch online here
Monday 25th May: Economist Dan Nahum from The Centre for Future Work talked about the potential for green manufacturing jobs – watch online here
Events are all accessible via Zoom: please email email@example.com to get a Zoom meeting invitation or for help getting set up.
Help us shape our purpose
It is our belief that this kind of huge societal and ecological transformation is our only way forward, and right now we have the opportunity and the momentum to start something great.
Read our draft purpose statement here
The Way Ahead – Arundhati RoyThe Pandemic is a Portal – Financial Times 6 April 2020
Whatever it is, coronavirus has made the mighty kneel and brought the world to a halt like nothing else could. Our minds are still racing back and forth, longing for a return to “normality”, trying to stitch our future to our past and refusing to acknowledge the rupture. But the rupture exists. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to normality.
Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.
We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.