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MoneyTime to transition to a just low-carbon economy

16:58  11 august  2019
16:58  11 august  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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Just Transition is a framework developed by the trade union movement to encompass a range of social interventions needed to secure workers' jobs and livelihoods when economies are shifting to sustainable production, primarily avoiding climate change and protecting biodiversity.

***FULL 26 MIN VERSION*** The COP 23 climate talks in Bonn last month were dominated by the concept of just transition , both inside the conference and

Time to transition to a just low-carbon economy© Provided by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited The Toronto & York Region Labour Council is advocating for a broad social movement to fight for a sustainable future in the face of climate change.

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The global climate crisis is real. Canada is warming at twice the global rate. Recent polls show the majority of Canadians are very concerned about climate change, even while unsure of carbon pricing. But while evidence of climate change is becoming harder to deny, we are running out of time to make a just transition to a low-carbon economy.

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Carbon Brief interviews Samantha Smith, director of the Just Transition Center, which works with the International Trade Union Confederation to ensure a

Enabling a rapid and just transition to a low carbon economy - Making Good Society. Climate change and resource scarcity are clearly the greatest challenges

Around the world this past year, millions of students have walked out of school and dozens of global cities have declared climate emergencies. The disproportionate impact upon racialized communities and Indigenous people is well-documented.

Meanwhile, the Trudeau government purchased and forced through the construction of a pipeline and Conservative provincial governments are systematically dismantling existing environmental protections. The ballot question this October is about whether we’ll have more of the same — or worse — or whether we’re ready for real change.

To those who say taking action could hurt the economy, the response is clear: there are no jobs on a dead planet. If humanity is to survive, we must challenge powerful corporate interests that relentlessly press governments around the world to expand fossil fuel extraction.

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7 The transition to a low - carbon economy is complex We have high levels of CO2 emissions Our economic development is hugely dependent on low carbon society that maximises development co-benefits – reducing poverty and inequality Potential to use this consesus as basis for a social contract

Ernesto Zedillo spoke at the F20 Forum in Tokyo on the transition to a low carbon economy . For those of us who for a long time were deeply concerned about the lack of international coordinated action to tackle climate change, a situation that frankly prevailed over the life span of the Kyoto

Worldwide, governments, companies, unions, and individuals are taking real steps toward environmental sustainability. Among many important examples, we’re seeing workers and communities adopting the concept of a “just transition.” This year, Canada’s Just Transition Task Force issued its report calling for a phase-out of coal while supporting affected workers and their communities.

There’s no doubt that changing our economy will take hard work, but we do have an important guiding precedent. Four decades ago, Canadian unions challenged the accepted norm of workplace accidents and deaths by building a health and safety movement. We had to confront employers and politicians, educate our members, build alliances, fight for regulations, and win laws for the implementation of workplace health and safety committees. We succeeded in dramatically reducing fatalities and occupational disease in Ontario.

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Achieving a Just Transition of sectors and regions requires long-term planning associated with substantial resources, write Lisa Lisa Fischer is senior policy advisor at the London office of E3G, an independent think tank operating to accelerate the global transition to a low carbon economy .

The New Climate Economy 's 2018 report found significant economic benefits available to the private sector in the transition to a low - carbon economy . For example, companies in the CDP Climate Leadership Index, made up of companies taking the strongest climate action, outperform their peers in

We are ready to do it again, and the Labour Council’s document Greenprint for Greater Toronto maps a path forward.

Toronto’s labour movement is committed to help make the transition. Here are three steps that could help take our society closer to a sustainable future:

  • Mobilize a network of activists to take the issue of climate justice to every workplace and community, explaining how failing to act now means we’ll pay much more later.
  • Create joint environment committees in every major workplace to help guide the transition to low-carbon operations.
  • Partner with racial justice and environmental organizations to help deepen society’s commitment to equity, community benefits and good jobs for all.

We need to demand more of governments and political leaders, and to call out those who are taking us backwards. Our environment — and our livelihood — is at risk. Each individual and organization has a role to play. We are called upon to build a broad social movement to fight for climate justice.

John Cartwright is President of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council.

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