Beyond extractive industries: Resistance and alternatives


February 21, 2022 8:00 AM - February 21, 2022 9:00 AM
Online Event

Is there a gap between labour and nature, or are workers and their communities engaging with nature to work towards environmental justice and a just transition? Drawing on examples from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe to respond to this crucial question, speakers analyse the challenges working people face when struggling for eco-social justice within a neoliberal, extractivist political economy. They shed light on conflicts between miners and communities affected by mining concerned about environmental conservation; they discuss how workers mobilize to protest against environmental crises, but also to fight regressive climate policies that put the burden of change on lower-income groups. Bringing together a wealth of experience presented in the Palgrave Handbook of Environmental Labour Studies, the series highlights how the developing field of environmental labour studies can help fuse eco-social research and practice.

Hosted by Global Labour University

This webinar looks at the disastrous impact of extractive industries on working-class communities, both in terms of the environmental crisis but also energy poverty. The main focus of the webinar is on ongoing struggles which are building spaces of resistance and envisioning alternatives beyond extractive industries.


  • Energy Poverty and the Environmental Crisis: The Impact on Working Class Communities
    Mametlwe Sebei (General Industries Workers Union of South Africa)
  • Building Spaces of Resistance Against Extractive Industries: What are the Main Challenges?
    Erik Kojola (Texas Christian University)
  • Beyond Extractive Industries: Learning from Environmental Justice Struggles
    Jacklyn Cock (University of the Witwatersrand)

Moderator: Edlira Xhafa (Global Labour University)

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