Labor needs to propose a climate protection strategy of its own — one that realistically protects the livelihood and wellbeing of working people and helps reverse America’s trend to greater inequality while reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the speed scientists say is necessary to reduce climate catastrophe. A strategy designed to provide full employment and rising living standards by putting millions of people to work on the transition to a climate-safe economy could transform the politics of climate by shattering the “jobs vs. the environment” frame. And it could provide a common platform around which climate protection advocates at every level of the labor movement could rally. Here’s a provocative first draft of such a plan in PDF format: “If Not Now When: Labor Needs a Climate Plan

 

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