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Science and Crisis

by Carly Ebben Eaton | Apr 16, 2020 There are a ton of parallels between the leadup to the current crisis and the non-response to the climate crisis. Recently, I learned that the fastest a vaccine has ever been developed is 4 years (for mumps). The average time to...

Earth Day to May Day: A Historic Experiment in Virtual Protest

The first Earth Day in 1970 had very significant support from the United Automobile Workers and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which included money, staff time, printing, and other related resources. Denis Hayes, organizer of the first Earth Day told Labor Network for Sustainability President Joe Uehlein that the first Earth Day would not have happened without labor support. Some of the larger Earth Day planning retreats/meetings were held at the UAW’s Black Lake training center in upstate Michigan.

In Coronavirus Fight, Workers Are Forging a Green New Deal

In a new series of commentaries, LNS Research and Policy Director Jeremy Brecher argues that, in the face of government and employer failure, workers and communities must take the lead to protect ourselves and each other from the coronavirus and its economic and social impacts. He proposes an emergency program to do just that. It might be described as a do-it-yourself Green New Deal.

Earth Day and the Emergency Green New Deal

The climate crisis on its own is a threat multiplier. Now, workers in a multitude of industries are serving the public amid the existential crisis that is the COVID-19 pandemic. Illustrated by Taylor Mayes of Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs, this graphic is one of a series of Earth Day to May Day “Emergency Green New Deal” graphics—and corresponding video interviews by LNS’s Leo Blain—to raise awareness of the conditions facing workers the actions they’re taking to stand up for their rights to health and safety.

Climate Strikes Go Virtual

Unions and others around the world were just gearing up to make the Earth Day climate strikes and the subsequent “Earth Day to May Day” actions the greatest demonstrations on behalf of the earth and its people in history—when the coronavirus pandemic struck. Now the climate protection movement is taking the global Earth Day climate strike on-line.

First Union-Backed Strike to Protect the Climate Wins Contract

On Thursday, February 27 thousands of Minneapolis cleaning workers walked off their jobs and struck their downtown commercial high-rises. Among their key demands was that their employers take action on climate change. It was one of the first if not the very first...