Climate change is real, and the need to tackle it is urgent. We must transform the economy to a model which is sustainable for generations to come. In Canada’s largest urban centre the labour movement is committed to working for climate justice and finding solutions that engage working people in every sector of the economy.
Labour Council participated in a number of actions between September 20 and 27. Read our media release for details and be sure to check out our Facebook album to view lots of great photos from Climate Action Week.
Read our statement on the Climate Emergency passed by Labour Council Delegates on August 1, 2019. After receiving pressure from Labour Council and dozens of other community organizations, Toronto City Council passed a motion declaring a climate emergency and next steps on October 2, 2019.
Download "Our Union and Climate Justice"
This three-page document includes a point-by-point plan of engagement for unions, as well as a sample motion to tackle climate change that members can bring forward to conventions. Download now.
Join the Labour-Climate Action Network
On November 13, 2019, we held a climate roundtable as an opportunity for labour activists who are passionate about climate to come together. We discussed about obstacles and opportunities for making inroads in our own labour communities toward cutting carbon emissions. Dozens of union folks have already signed up to be part of our budding Labour-Climate Action Network. If you'd like to be included in the Network mailing list, please contact Skylar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Labour Council was proud to share the stage with IBEW 353 brother Alex Gray, a young electrician who spoke on behalf of labour at the September 27 climate rally.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been out front on policies to address climate change in the United States with the introduction of the Green New Deal in 2019. This "handimation" video is an excellent explainer of how visioning for the future can help us make the monumental shift in imagination necessary to tackle climate change with the urgency it deserves.
The Labour Education Centre's "Working Green" program takes a research and action approach to climate change. Take advantage of offerings for activists, request a presentation at your union, or get support for setting up a Joint Management/Labour Committee on Climate Action.
Toronto - Canada's largest urban centre - is an amazingly complex and sophisticated space. The Greenprint for Greater Toronto outlines effective action to reduce carbon emissions in every sector of the economy. Every one of us has a part to play.
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Our Climate Partners
A project of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers
A labour, environment, and civil society alliance
The Canadian arm of the global youth climate movement
The Toronto Environmental Alliance is a nonprofit that campaigns locally
A project of the Amalgamated Transit Union - Canada
A grassroots transit organization
Green Economy Network (GEN) is a project of the Canadian Labour Congress with the Polaris Institute
Toronto Community Benefits Network is a community-labour coalition
Op-Ed in The Toronto Star, August 11 2019
By John Cartwright
Expert Perspectives - World Resources Institute