Top 5 ways to help planet Earth this week

From webinars to WhatsApp messages, how to prepare and get involved in Green UNISON Week, which starts this Friday



This year, Green UNISON Week runs from 15-22 September to coincide with two major global mobilisations Fridays for the Future – a youth led protest about the threat posed by climate change (15 September) – and Fight Fossil Fuels which demands ‘a rapid, just and equitable’ end to fossil fuels (15-17 September).

Here are five ways you can still get involved…

1. Read this

If you don’t know where to start with the week, read this feature where two UNISON green activists explain why the week is so important and why UNISON takes the issue so seriously.

The Earth will continue … But we won’t

2. Sign this

Four smoking chimneys

If that article inspired you to take action, your first port of call is to sign UNISON’s petition to tax oil and gas giants.

The fuelers of climate change are regularly in the news this year for making record profits and paying out billions to their shareholders. With people struggling to pay their energy bills, UNISON believes it’s time they paid more of a fair share.

Sign the petition

3. Go to one (or both) of these

Once you’ve done that, here are two webinars you can sign up to:

How to have conversations about climate change that matter – Larger Us 

Register here – Thursday 21 September 12:30-1:30pm

UNISON has teamed up with Larger Us – which works to build broader coalitions for change – to deliver free online training to anyone who wants to up their game when it comes to climate conversations.

This webinar explains the project in detail and explores what the training will look like and what this pilot project will involve.

Sustainable healthcare – why greening the NHS matters for us all

Register here – Monday 25 September 12:30-1:30pm

Haley Pinto from the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare gives a clear and comprehensive round up of the impact of the climate crisis on our health and on the NHS, including some of the initiatives that are already happening and many that need to happen urgently.

4. Support like this

During the week it’s vital that we spread the message as far as possible. You can do this by talking to your friends, family and colleagues or by posting to social media – below are two easy ways to get the message out.

Click here to ‘tweet’ your support:

Send a Tweet

Or to share information with your friends and groups on whatsapp click here:

Send a WhatsApp

5. Be one of these

If all of the above seems right up your street, you should consider becoming a UNISON environment, or green, rep. Or, if it’s not for you, talk to some of your colleagues who might be interested and get them involved.

The role is very flexible from being a contact point to running campaigns greening your workplace, with lots of training and resources to get you started.

To find out more about what the role entails and how to get involved the best places to start and are this leaflet and poster.