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Commentary :: Environment
Climate Change and the Great Inaction, 20pp
08 Oct 2014
to download the 20-page study "Climate Change and the Great Inaction" by Sean Sweeney, September 2014, click on

For decades now, the world’s governments have met with the stated goal of meeting the challenge of climate change with a global treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Years of talks have failed to bring about such an agreement. Faced with the enormous political and economic power of the fossil fuel industry, the world’s governments have chosen the path of least resistance: inaction. Despite the science, despite available technology, and despite the moral clarity of the situation, greenhouse gasses continue to rise.

Trade unions have a critical role to play in getting us out of this impasse. We need a global movement demanding immediate and effective action on climate change. As hundreds of thousands of men and women from all walks of life prepare to converge on New York City for the People’s Climate March, it is clear that such a movement is emerging. Workers and their unions can play a decisive role in making this movement diverse, vibrant, and effective, but in order to do so, we need to take stock of how unions have engaged in the politics of climate change—tactically, strategically, and programmatically.
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