Canberra’s unions will join the Peoples’ Climate March on Sunday to highlight the importance of a just transition to a low carbon economy.
UnionsACT has worked alongside environmental and community groups to organise the march to coincide with the international Paris climate talks. The march is expected to be one of the largest and most diverse gathering of the Canberra community in recent history.
Working people are on the frontlines of climate change, either experiencing the impacts directly, or working in infrastructure, health and emergency services assisting frontline communities.
Transitioning to a low carbon, sustainable economy requires investment in skills, job creation and technology, and it is essential that support is provided directly to impacted workers and their communities.
Additionally, for transitions to be just, the people impacted by economic and social changes must be involved in the decisions impacting them.
UnionsACT is proud to support the Peoples’ Climate March, and encourages working people and their families to attend the march on Sunday.
Quotes attributable to Alex White, Secretary of UnionsACT:
“Working people are at the front-line of the impacts of climate change, whether it is health workers, public servants or emergency service workers.
“Moving to a low carbon economy will impact almost every industry and sector, and workers’ voices must be heard in decisions that affect them.
“There is no doubt that climate change is real and we are feeling the impacts now.
“Unions are supporting the People’s Climate March because we know that we must address climate change through a just transition that respects workers and their communities.”