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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.

Take our Green survey organised by Leeds University to find out what UNISON members know about climate change and how they are being involved.  It will take 15 minutes to fill in.

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 campaigning at local, regional and national level.

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Other resources

From the ground up – 22-25 April 2021 A Global Gathering for Climate Justice.

Register for 18 free online sessions here

See also:


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