Jobs, communities & just transitions
DescriptionJoin Jane Fonda, Winona LaDuke, Michael Leon Guerrero, and Samantha Smith to talk about the link between Jobs, Communities & Just Transitions, and Climate.
We're Live for our weekly teach-in! Join Jane Fonda, Michael Leon Guerrero with Labor Network for Sustainability, Winona LaDuke with Honor the Earth, and Samantha Smith with Just Transition Centre to talk about the link between Jobs, Communities & Just Transitions, and Climate. The climate emergency requires us to rapidly transform our energy system and key industrial sectors in many ways – and it is up to all of us to ensure this is done in a way that benefits workers and communities. Join us now and post your questions for a chance to have them asked!
Posted by Fire Drill Fridays on Thursday, December 12, 2019
In this Thursday Teach-In, our focus will be Jobs, Communities & Just Transitions. The climate emergency requires us to rapidly transform our energy system and key industrial sectors in many ways – and it is up to all of us to ensure this is done in a way that benefits workers and communities. If we do this right, transforming our energy systems and industrial base can and will create millions of good union jobs that provide a living wage, full benefits, a safe workplace and the right to collective bargaining.
Particular care must be taken to support transition policies and programs for those workers and communities that depend on the fossil fuel industry. Workers in coal, oil and gas gave much – often their health – to power our country and create prosperity, and we owe them respect and fairness in this transition. A truly just transition will include wage guarantees for displaced workers, pension guarantees, health insurance benefits for their entire families and additional financial support and programs for those who choose to relocate or acquire the skills necessary for making the transition.
It is true that climate change is an enormous challenge, but responding to it provide us the opportunity to rebuild many things in our society and this time, we can do it right. A bold new economic and environmental legislative and cabinet-level agenda with investments in 21st century industries and infrastructure can ensure the transition off fossil fuels will be good for the climate, good for the economy and good for workers and communities.
Join us to hear from experts on the frontline of ensuring a Just Transition for workers and communities as we respond to the urgent need to reduce fossil fuels and promote safe renewable alternatives.