Working class environmentalism: from the campaign against uranium to opposing toxic waste dumps
About this session
The coal lobby and their friends in parliament would have you believe that what is good for fossil fuel bosses is also what is good for the working class. Environmentalists often also claim that the consumption of ordinary people is the greatest enemy of the planet. But history proves that mass social movements with a base in the working class are not only possible, but a powerful force in pressing for meaningful environmental reforms. Drawing on historical and contemporary examples, this session will present the case for working class environmentalism as essential in building a movement that can fight to save the planet.