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The Climate Emergency is happening now and unless we work together to stop it, our planet will change in drastic ways and our children and grandchildren face a deeply uncertain future.

The UK Committee on Climate Change has said the next decade is critical.

As a union, we have a vital role to play in campaigning for greener politics, working with employers to make workplaces more sustainable, and informing members of global warming issues.

Our members work in a wide range of jobs that have direct environmental roles in parks, energy and water companies, environment agencies, meat hygiene service, environmental health, school food, buses and transport planning, cleansing, waste recycling and planning.

UNISON members in all their different roles across the health service, local government, police, fire & rescue, education, housing and the voluntary sector see the effects of environmental change, be it pollution, extreme weather, floods or cold homes.

They are committed to clean and safe communities with a good quality of life that does not compromise the future to come.

On the international stage, our union works with other unions from around the world to campaign for public investment to tackle climate change.

What you can do

We are currently working to re-establish the UNISON Green Reps Network, with new training opportunities and new resources. There will be opportunities for members to get involved at their workplace and campaign at a local, regional and national level.

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Use hashtags #GreenUnison in Twitter and Facebook events, photographs and solidarity messages from your branch or as an individual.

Use UNISON’s Greening of Public services logo in your green work.

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Blog: Taking demands to world leaders at COP28

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UNISON takes the call for a just transition to COP28

NEC member Tony Wright explains what he’ll be doing in Dubai and why it’s vital that UNISON has a presence there

UNISON condemns ‘disgraceful’ approval for North Sea oil field

‘Somebody must show international leadership in tackling climate change. It looks like it won’t be the UK’

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UNISON’s response to Labour’s new Green Prosperity Plan

‘Unlike the Conservative government in Westminster that sleepwalks from one crisis to another, it’s encouraging to see Labour making the vital issue of climate change a priority’

Christina McAnea introduces new energy report at conference

The general secretary said UNISON is ‘warning once again – about the elitist energy economy this government is creating’