COP21 MAKES HISTORY
The Paris COP21 climate change summit has culminated in a historic agreement that commits governments to the long-term goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C by the second half of this century. The agreement signals a commitment by all countries to phase out fossil fuels and reduce emissions, making renewable energy a global priority.
CLC president Hassan Yussuff led a delegation of 35 Canadian trade union leaders to the Paris summit that worked with unions from all around the world and liaised with environmental and human rights groups and other NGOs. Delegates met with premiers, municipal leaders and with provincial and federal environment ministers to push for firm commitments at all levels.
As well as campaigning for ambitious emissions reduction targets, the delegation advocated for human rights – including indigenous rights - and the right to a just transition for workers. These rights were included in the text, but only in the agreement’s non-binding preamble. Labour will continue to work in Canada on these issues, and will be a strong advocate for investment in public transit, green building standards, and alternative energy.
Labour and environmental leaders talk about the next steps after Paris 2015 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE9gu7DMpNY
JOHN CARTWRIGHT ON CLIMATE CHANGE
In his latest Huffington Post article, Labour Council President John Cartwright recalls marching in New York last September with thousands of trade union members whose lives were deeply impacted by Hurricane Sandy. From nurses to teachers and Teamsters, they drew a direct line from climate change to the devastation wrought upon their city. Read the article at www.huffingtonpost.ca
RESPONSE TO POPE FRANCIS’S ENCYCLICAL
CALLING FOR ACTION TO COMBAT GLOBAL WARMING
The Toronto & York Region Labour Council welcomes Pope Francis’s encyclical "Laudato Si" which challenges humankind to take real and immediate measures to combat global warming.
The Labour Council has been advocating for sustainability and green economic development for many years. We welcome the Pope's progressive assertion that the issue of climate change is also one of social justice, with deep roots in structural injustice, and we are heartened by his remark about climate-change deniers, whom he criticizes for “standing in the way of a solution.”
There are many forces that have been obstructing progress on addressing climate change. Fossil fuel corporations have been using their growing wealth and power to assert an “extreme energy” agenda; this includes using far riskier energy extraction methods to get to difficult to reach and often highly polluting fossil fuels (tar sands, hydraulic fracking, arctic drilling). The extreme energy agenda has serious implications for communities, workers, the climate, and the environment in both the short-term and the long-term.
To read more, please see attached document.
EARTH DAY LETTER TO TORONTO CITY COUNCIL
Earth Day is celebrated each year to remind us of the responsibility we all bear in addressing the environmental crisis facing our world. Cities have a particularly important role is this effort, and Toronto has been a leader in environmental policies for many years. Click here to download PDF.
COMMUNITIES TO TORONTO HYDRO: "WE NEED GOOD GREEN JOBS NOW"
The Good Jobs for All Coalition launched the Green Jobs for All at Hydro campaign at Toronto City Hall on Monday June 7, two days after World Environment Day. The campaign calls on Toronto Hydro to invest in economic development, equity and green energy. Click here for more
We need good green jobs now
STANDING ROOM ONLY FOR GREEN JOBS CONFERENCE On November 7th, a unique event took place at the newly renovated Allstream Building on the CNE grounds in Toronto. The Green Jobs for All conference brought together over 600 union members, environmentalists, students, elected representatives and community activists . Click here Green Jobs + Power for the article in Our Times. For pictures of the day go here green jobs pictures
GREEN JOBS FRAMEWORK FOR ACTION What will it take to win good, green jobs for all? The six hundred participants at the November 7th Good Green Jobs for All conference brought forward the ideas that form a framework for action. To see the framework click here framework
HUNDREDS DREAM GREEN AT GOOD JOBS CONFERENCE
By Peter Hogarth and Charlotte Ireland in Rabble.ca.
An overwhelming majority of Canadians agree that climate change is a pressing issue that demands immediate action. On Nov. 7, over 600 participants came together for the Good Green Jobs Conference. Click here for the rest of the article Hundreds dream green
"MOVING TO A GREEN ECONOMY WITH GOOD JOBS: Investment in Transit and Passenger Rail" The Canadian Labour Congress calls for massive transit funding to meet the future. To read more click here.
WE CAN HAVE JOBS AND A HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT
by John Cartwright, Guest Columnist, Toronto Sun, November 18, 2008
A lot of other folks knew that a while ago -- more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost in the GTA over the last five years, even before the market meltdown. To read the rest click here healthier environment
GREEN PATHWAYS OUT OF POVERTY
A group of Toronto union activists travelled to Pittsburgh in March to join 800 others in a historic event – the first U.S. National Green Jobs Conference. To read on click here green pathways out of poverty
GREEN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN TORONTO
In July 2007 the Labour Council deputation to the City of Toronto Economic Development Committee supported the recommendations of the Gartner Lee/Delphi Report. To view the Labour Council presentation click here. To view the presentation go here
Public transit is not only the most affordable means of transportation for many working families, it is also the most environmentally friendly mode of mass transit. Click here for the workbook about labour-oriented transit solutions in Canada's largest urban centre.
"MESSAGE TO COUNCILLORS - NO INCINERATION!"
Labour Council President cautions city Councillors about the long term dangers of garbage incineration. For the letter to the Councillors click here.
LABOUR COUNCIL'S STATEMENT ON GREEN JOBS ....click here.