At the 2015 CFT Convention, the delegates passed a resolution committing the CFT to a climate justice agenda which recognized that we are currently facing a historic environmental crisis that demands immediate action. In the short time since the convention, the science on climate change has only presented us with more and more severe warnings [...]
CFT Climate Justice Agenda
Core tenets of the CFT Climate Justice Agenda
- Engage our members and the community about labor’s role in advocating
for tangible solutions to the climate crisis that simultaneously strengthen our middle class.
- Let our members know that good green jobs don’t kill construction projects, but rather can actually increase economic opportunity.
- Work to ensure a just transition for working people by insisting that those who might be displaced are retrained for the new economy, and that the green economy must create career union opportunities.
- Build and sustain real partnerships with the local environmental movement and community groups committed to economic and environmental justice.
- Push for bold new political and policy initiatives that effectively address economic inequality and climate change.
- Ensure that candidates’ positions on climate justice are part of CFT’s evaluation for endorsement in political races.
- Insist that we work towards ending all of our retirement systems’ investments in fossil fuels and other commercial enterprises that are contributing to catastrophic climate change.
- Promote legislation that moves us toward sustainability and climate justice.
Resolution Committing CFT to a Climate Justice Agenda Whereas we are facing a historic environmental crisis that threatens our present and future survival. Whereas the science on climate change has only presented us with more and more severe warnings about the dire consequences of continuing on the same course. Whereas a short list of the [...]
Whereas, the leading scientific bodies both nationally and internationally agree that the earth’s climate is changing and that humanity’s release of heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere is the greatest contributor to that change; Whereas, the effects of climate change are already being experienced throughout the world, and noticeably in California, with an increase in average [...]
Whereas, the leading scientific bodies both nationally and internationally agree that the earth’s climate is changing and that humanity’s release of heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere is the greatest contributor to that change; Whereas, the science of global warming has prompted the United Nations and governments around the world to begin redefining our economies and [...]
Top 10 reasons CFT members should care about climate change 1) The overwhelming scientific consensus is that climate change poses a real and severe threat to our survival unless we start making major changes very soon. As educators we need to insist that facts matter more than ideology or political partisanship. 2) The [...]
Recently, in a feature length piece in the New York Times, “Losing Earth,” Nathaniel Rich pithily summed up what is at stake for present and future generations with regard to climate change: “The world has warmed more than one degree Celsius since the Industrial Revolution. The Paris climate agreement — the nonbinding, unenforceable and [...]
With the White House and the Environmental Protection Agency now in the hands of climate deniers, there is a lot of misinformation being issued from Trump and company about climate change. Thus, as educators, it’s important to be able to separate climate change myths from reality. Myth: There's no consensus on whether global warming [...]
WHEREAS, the overwhelming scientific consensus is that climate warming trends over the past century are due to human activities, and most of the world’s leading scientific organizations have issued public statements endorsing this position; and WHEREAS, we are already experiencing the warming of the planet at a dangerously rapid rate, primarily as a result of [...]
Whereas the heroic resistance to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline has inspired international solidarity and drawn attention to both the issues of climate change and indigenous rights; Whereas there is incontrovertible evidence that fossil fuel extraction and use is the main cause of global warming, which is an existential threat to humanity; [...]
In 2010, the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council passed a “Resolution in Support of Preserving Environmental Laws and Building Environmental Partnerships” which declared that the Council “supports outreach and partnership with the environmental community in order to strengthen efforts to fight for a better quality of life for all working people; and supports efforts to [...]