Discuss with us how the transition in the domain of work is being reflected and taken up within the European Green Deal.

About this event

Science is clear. Overconsumption and overproduction cause a climate and environmental crisis that is threatening the survival of society as we know it. We have to rethink employment and meaningful activities to move towards an economy that stays well below 1,5 degrees.

Presently, Europe is suffering from the devastating consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the labour market, people’s livelihoods, wellbeing and it is facing manifold environmental crises. Going back to the economic status quo before the pandemic and boosting economic growth to create jobs and increase GDP is not a solution. Instead, we need to profoundly transform our societies and economies, also in the field of employment and meaningful activities, in order to respect the planetary boundaries.

The European Green Deal (EGD) was announced in 2019 and presents the flagship policy of the European Commission under Ursula von der Leyen. It is meant to transform Europe to become a fairer, more prosperous, more sustainable and more resilient society by focusing policies on climate and environmental objectives. Yet, such a transformation must also include work, employment and meaningful activities lest we remain in the dependencies on economic growth and hence increase social and environmental strain. How is the transition in the domain of work being reflected and taken up within the European Green Deal? This is what we would like to discuss during this webinar. The background is the recent publication of the book Post-Growth Work: Employment and Meaningful Activities within Planetary Boundaries by Irmi Seidl and Angelika Zahrnt.


  • 15.00 – 15.05: Welcome and moderation Katy Wiese (European Environmental Bureau)
  • 15.05 – 15.15: Presentation of the book ‘’Post-growth work’’ by Irmi Seidl and Angelika Zahrnt
  • 15.15 – 15.20: Presentation on Working Time Reductions by Tiziano Distefano (University of Pisa)
  • 15.20 – 16.00: Panel discussion with Jan Mayrhofer (Europen Youth Forum), Katrin Langensiepen (Greens/EFA), Ludovic Voet (European Trade Union Confederation) & Frank Siebern-Thomas (DG EMPL), Irmi Seidl (WSL)
  • 16.00 – 16.25: Questions and Answer
  • 16.25 – 16.30: Closing, including implications

Contact: The European Environmental Bureau (EEB). Event Website and email

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