Climate Change, Energy and Environment

Combining Social and Ecological Responsibility

Climate change is real – and its effects can already be felt all around the world. In order to counteract the destruction of our planet, we need to live more sustainably and stop wasting resources. This will require enormous changes, such as moving away from fossil fuels like coal and towards low-emission power sources like wind or solar energy. This structural change has great potential – if it is shaped justly.

All over the world, we are advocates for a socio-ecological transition, which will be an answer to both the ecological and the social question. Our vision: Low-emission, resource-conserving and socially inclusive economic systems in which everybody has a chance for a decent life that is based on human rights principles. In order to facilitate this goal, we are building stable, broad and progressive coalitions between the ecological movement, politics and trade unions that pave the way towards a more sustainable future.

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News About Climate Change, Energy and Environment

Community engagement is key to ensure energy transitions do not perpetuate injustices

"Just because you phase out coal does not mean everything improves" for local communities, explains a former FES scholar on FES Connect.


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Why Small is Beautiful: Decentralized Small Scale Solar Power can be Lowercase

Decentralized solar brings many benefits in Jordan. A report by the FES presents solutions and offers recommendations.


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It’s time to get real about Europe’ just transition

On ips-journal.eu, trade unionist Reiner Hoffmann calls for an investment programme leading the EU into a fair and climate-neutral future


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Carbon pricing: the Canadian experience

Despite mitigating climate change, carbon pricing is under attack in Canada, says Isabelle Turcotte on ips-journal.eu.


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On the edge

Climate protection is the new conflict line. Parties have to offer a vision for the future, say Schaller and Carius on ips-journal.eu.


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FES @ #COP
World Climate Conference

FES @ #COP

Where do we go now after the Paris Agreement? Assessments, analyses and contributions from young activists at the annual World Climate Conferences provide answers. more


Publications

Safonov, George

Social consequences of climate change

Building climate friendly and resilient communities via transition from planned to market economies
Berlin, 2019

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Al-Asad, Mohammad; Zureikat, Lara

Urban agriculture in Amman

A holistic view
Amman, 2019

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Energy & climate in the MENA region

Youth perspective to a sustainable future ; A youth perspective position paper
Amman, 2019

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Garroway, Christohper; Carpentier, Chantal Line

Why are we behind on SDG finance and what can we do about it?

NewYork, 2019

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Recommendations on E-Mobility in Jordan

based on a delegation trip to Germany
Amman, 2019

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Climate Change and Progressive Politics

Climate change is real – and its effects can already be felt all around the world. In order to counteract the destruction of our planet, we need to live more sustainably and stop wasting resources. This will require enormous changes, such as moving away from fossil fuels like coal and towards low-emission power sources like wind or solar energy. This structural change has great potential – if it is shaped justly.

With the Paris Agreement, the international community has acknowledged that we need a more sustainable economic system even to just slow global warming down. But a shift to more sustainability means much more than that: The socio-ecological transformation we are advocating for will make it possible to

  • reduce poverty and inequality;
  • boost economic growth through sustainable progress;
  • shape low-emission, resource-saving and socially inclusive economic systems;
  • treat human labor with care, respect and sustainability and
  • give everybody the chance for a decent life that is based on human rights standards.

Sustainability and Social Justice: Two Sides of the Same Coin

In the 21st century, the progressive concept of development combines social, economical and ecological responsibility. The ecological and the social question must be linked and answered together: Environmental protection and sustainability are issues that the ecological movement, but also trade unions and workers deal with. The Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation builds bridges between their often clashing positions – for stable, broad and progressive coalitions that pave the way towards a more sustainable future.

Social and Ecological Issues are One

When addressing, for instance, the abolishment of coal mining, our intent is not to pit “ecological interests” against “worker's interests”. Many people are justifiably afraid of losing their work and security as a result of such a structural change. It needs to be ensured that they have a future perspective that is not dependent on further environmental destruction. The road towards this goal is a rocky one, and this is exactly why we are developing our concepts and ideas: For a Just Transition that makes a more sustainable economic system and better prospects in life for everyone possible.

Climate Justice Worldwide

We want to shape climate justice in a socially just and compensatory way so that everyone profits from it in the end. Climate justice means that each and every person has the same right of use for the atmosphere, regardless of nationality, age, gender or religion. Climate justice requires that both the Global South and Global North, both younger generation's interests and the older generation's interests carry the same amount of weight. And climate justice also means that opportunities and burdens are fairly distributed around the world.

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