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Pensions & Climate Change

Pensions, Climate Change, and a Just Energy Transition

Mar 24, 2020

Hello AltAusterity Readers! We hope you are all safely settled into your socially distanced routines while you read this week's content. Today we bring you the first paper coming out of this year's workshop that took place at McMaster last month by University of Victoria's Zoe Yunker, James Rowe, and UBC's Jessica Dempsey. Zoe presented their paper and asked us whether "green finance" offers a viable infrastructure for energy transition. These writers suggest that the answer depends mostly on what we imagine ""energy transition" to consist of, and on the values which undergrid it" (1-2).

Yunker, Dempsey, and Rowe encourage us to think about pension capital as a support structure for a just energy transition that considers the lives it impacts and requires having a deeper conversation about the purpose, role, and responsibilities bound up in pension funds themselves.

If you are interested in learning more about these writers, check out their faculty/bio pages below:


Zoe Yunker:

Jessica Dempsey:

James Rowe:


Read their full paper on our Research Page under 'Labour Markets & Lived Experiences"!

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