Climate Strikes

Unions call for Science-Based Reductions in Greenhouse Gases

Over the past couple of years, the American labor movement has become an enthusiastic supporter of expanding "green jobs" that fight global warming. But policies to reduce carbon emissions to levels scientists say are safe have been a harder pill to swallow. Now, in a...

10 Things Everyone Needs to Know About the Risks of Climate Change

What might our future look like if we fail to address the climate crisis? Rising Global Temperatures: Staggeringly high temperature rise by 2100, especially over land, of up to a 10°F increase over much of the United States and extreme temperatures of up to 122°F...

ACTION ALERT – Find an Event Near You

Over 40 top US labor leaders will travel to the UN Climate Change negotiations in Copenhagen next week.  The US labor delegation will join hundreds of labor leaders from the international community and thousands of representatives from the environmental, business,...

We’re Number One – In Financial Damage From Climate Change

This week, just in time for the Copenhagen climate convention, the annual Global Climate Risk Index was released, telling how vulnerable each country in the world is to the costs of climate change.   Guess who was number one in financial losses from climate change?...

In Memory of LNS Co-Founder Tim Costello

[On Friday LNS co-founder Tim Costello passed away at his home in Cambridge, MA. Tim left us a powerful legacy and was central in shaping LNS's focus and strategy.  He is dearly missed. We are inviting Tim's friends and colleagues to send in their thoughts and...

Green Jobs in a Global Green New Deal

[Fifth in the series "Labor goes to Copenhagen] The effort to address the worst environmental catastrophe in human history is coming in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s.  Business and governments have used economic...

Climate-protecting development

[Fourth in the series "Labor goes to Copenhagen] One of the most contentious issues in climate negotiations is how to share the burden of climate protection between the rich developed countries of the North and the poor developing countries of the South. The...

Protecting the Climate

[Third in the series "Labor Goes to Copenhagen] According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a UN-sponsored scientific body that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its work, keeping global temperature within 2 degrees C of historic levels...

A Just Transition

[Second in the series "Labor goes to Copenhagen"] At the core of global labor's strategy for climate protection is the idea of a "just transition" to a low-carbon economy. A just transition means that the burden of change that benefits everyone will not be placed...

Global Warming and Global Labor

[This is the first in a series of LNS posts as representatives of trade unions around the world head off to Copenhagen] While world leaders play the "blame game" for their failure to negotiate a binding climate agreement in Copenhagen, trade unions from around the...