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  • Writer's pictureZuzanna Borowska

DialogueON Just Transition

A year later, our open virtual dialogues are still bringing people and perspectives together!

On the second birthday of the Open Dialogues International Foundation, we organised an enlightening online DialogueON event, this time focusing on the topic of Just Transition. The event was aimed at fostering a comprehensive understanding of justice within the context of transitioning to a decarbonised future. 

One participant of our dialogue encapsulated the essence of Just Transition very well, stating, "Just Transition is about giving everyone a fair opportunity unique to their situation to help support and achieve the same goal." This sentiment underscores the fundamental principle of fairness and equity that guides the transition process.

Our speakers, Zuzanna and Angela, first discussed our flagship project, the ODCC (Open Dialogues on Climate Change), as well as its international summary held in the form of a side event at COP28. The event underscored the pivotal role of open dialogues in facilitating climate discussions at both local and global levels. 

Integral to the discussion that followed was the exploration of differing perspectives on Just Transition. Participants delved into how developed and developing countries perceive and approach the concept. According to one person, "Developed countries take an energy-oriented, labour transition, mitigation approach to defining Just Transition, while the Global South defines it in terms of adaptation and resilience, ensuring equity is provided." This contrast highlights the complexity and diversity of viewpoints surrounding the concept.

Emphasising inclusivity, another participant highlighted, "No one is supposed to be left behind. As the Just Transition has been defined by the ILO in regards to inclusively greening the economy, creating decent jobs where no one is excluded." This assertion emphasises the imperative of ensuring that diverse voices are heard and accounted for in decision-making processes.

Furthermore, our online dialogue underscored the critical role of youth engagement in driving climate action. Youth-led initiatives and grassroots campaigns were lauded for their innovative approaches and impactful contributions. A participant emphasised, "The youth are the change-makers. They have the innovations in the grassroots campaigns. They have a bigger impact on climate change." This acknowledgment underscores the importance of harnessing the energy and creativity of young activists in advancing climate justice initiatives.

In conclusion, the DialogueON Just Transition served as a platform for robust dialogue and reflection on the intersection of justice and climate transition. Through sharing diverse perspectives in an open yet respectful conversation, participants reaffirmed the importance of equity, inclusivity, and youth engagement in shaping a sustainable future for all.

~Jasmine Senior

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