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Climate Change: The Challenges to Labor

August 30, 2018

How will moving to a sustainable economy affect the labor force? Germany is a climate leader making bold structural economic changes to mitigate the effects of climate change. Join us as German labor leader Reiner Hoffmann presents a lecture on the past and future labor market challenges arising from climate change mitigation policies.

Based on his experiences in Germany and the EU, Hoffmann will contrast industrial changes and the importance of structural and industrial policies in Europe and the United States. He will also discuss the effects of the transition from "brown to green" jobs, how to ensure fair transitions with good jobs, the promise and pitfalls of green industrial policies, and the role of social welfare state buffers. The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion.

September 21, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The New School
6 E 16th Street, Wolff Conference Room (D1103)
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Reiner Hoffmann is the chairman of the German Trade Union Confederation DGB, an umbrella organization for eight German trade unions representing 6 million workers, and one of the largest national confederations of trade unions worldwide.

Satya Tripathi is the Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the UN Environment New York Office, the leading agency at the U.N. focused on the environment.

Introductory remarks will be made by German Consul General in New York David Gill and NSSR Dean William Milberg.

The event is hosted by SCEPA's Economics of Climate Change project, headed by economist Willi Semmler and generously supported by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the German Consulate General New York and the German Embassy, Washington, DC.

About SCEPA

SCEPA works to focus the public economics debate on the role government can and should play in the real productive economy - that of business, management, and labor - to raise living standards, create economic security, and attain full employment.