Tomorrow (September 20), I'm standing up for workers' rights by marching to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., as part of the Global Climate Strike. I'll be walking in solidarity with the students and youth organizing the strike to spread the message that climate action is imperative.
Addressing the growing climate crisis and creating jobs are two necessary actions often pitted against each other, as if only one were possible at a time. That's a false choice, misleading rhetoric created by the fossil fuel industry and climate science deniers in Congress to slow down government action while continuing to pass the cost of dirty energy extraction onto families and communities – both in dollars and in health consequences. The reality is that we can have both good, green jobs and a healthy environment; thriving workers and a thriving planet go together.
Discussions about climate change often start with the environmental solutions required to curb carbon pollution, from shifting to renewable energy sources to regenerative agriculture. These discussions are critical, but we can't forget about workers. Many are significantly impacted by the effects of climate change, and we could end up uprooting the lives of many more if we do not account for them in our climate plans.
Climate change, left unabated, poses significant health and safety hazards to millions of ...