Climate change is real, and the need to tackle it is urgent, but it also presents an opportunity.
Unions have a big role to play in shaping our transition to a sustainable future.
If we are to transform the economy to a model which is sustainable for generations to come, workers will need to be empowered.
Workers in every sector can help drive a transition to a low-carbon future. Find out how your local union can start engaging in this vital work using the Labour Guide to Climate Action.
Get the Greenprint for Greater Toronto to learn about labour's vision for a sustainable future in Canada's largest urban centre.
Resources to Take Action
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This three-page document includes a point-by-point plan of engagement for unions, as well as a sample motion to tackle climate change. Members can use this sample motion as a guide to bring forward to conventions.
"Working Green" 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.
Labour’s Climate Action Agenda aims to achieve ambitious, enforceable renewable energy targets for electricity and transportation by 2030 and to achieve net-zero emissions in our economy by 2050. Crucial to this plan will be ensuring that the transition be democratic and worker-focused, leveraging the power of the public sector to lead the transition.
Workforce 2030 is a broad cross-sectoral coalition of employers, educators, practitioners across the construction ecosystem working to collectively impact government policy, business practice and education.
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"Time to transition toward a just low-carbon economy"
by John Cartwright – The Toronto Star
"Toward a Just Transition"
by John Cartwright, Expert Perspectives – World Resources Institute
"Inaction on Climate Change is Mutually Assured Destruction"
by John Cartwright – HuffPost
"How Toronto could solve its revenue woes and fight climate change"
by John Cartwright – NOW Magazine
Climate Proof Our Work
International Trade Union Confederation