(fourth in a series on labor and global warming after Bali)
Combating climate change requires unprecedented economic and social change. The world has never done anything like cutting greenhouse gasses before. While the need to do so is now certain, the policies that will be required to do so are not. We have to start implementing potentially promising policies immediately, while gearing up for a steep learning curve to figure out what really works.
In a series of previous posts, we have looked at the emergence of an alliance of labor and environmental advocates around the necessity for creating “green jobs” in the struggle against global warming. In this post, we look at some of the policy issues that alliance will need to address.
Blogging from the UN climate change conference in Bali, Lauren Asplen, communications director of IUE-CWA, described a meeting labor delegates from North American had with the U.S. Climate Action Network “to start a dialogue about our concerns.” It was agreed that there were many opportunities for synergies. In particular, “both groups could benefit from working cooperatively and from trying early on to work through our differences so we can present a united front.” Here are some of the potential areas for synergy, and for conflict, this alliance must face.