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.
Be part of Green UNISON
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.
Sign up to hear more about UNISON’s Green Network – available only to UNISON members
- A trade union bargaining guide for greener, healthier and fairer Work-Related travel
- Green UNISON doing our bit to make public services greener
- UNISON Green Rep – A basic guide to the role
- TUC guide to retrofit at work
- TUC guide to planning for heatwaves and cold snaps in the workplace
- A Unionlearn booklet explores green skills for a just transition
- TUC Wales guide A Greener workplace for a Just Transition
- UNISON Response: Scottish Government Climate Change Plan Update
- Getting to Net Zero in Public Services: The road to decarbonisation
- Green UNISON member survey 2022
- tackling the Climate Crisis_ UNISON members’ views, expectations and opportunities for action – video