Pensler, Leah Abigail. “No Jobs On A Dead Planet: Climate-Labor Relations In The Green New Deal Era”, April 15, 2020. https://doi.org/10.14418/wes01.1.2274.
This thesis explores the relationship between the climate and labor movements in the United States. In the first two chapters, I argue that this relationship varies widely throughout history and in the present day. Starting from the early twentieth century onwards, I explore historical examples of both collaboration and tension between the two movements. I then highlight and debunk common misconceptions of this relationship through a critical evaluation of the “jobs versus environment” narrative, which appears frequently in the media and in political discourse. Lastly, I investigate the circumstances necessary for gaining the labor movement’s support for the Green New Deal, paying particular attention to the proposal for a “just transition” away from fossil fuels. By examining this complex relationship between the two movements, I intend to highlight necessary strategies for strengthening collaboration and expanding the support of the just transition.