Labor Leading on Climate: Climate Jobs Program – advances knowledge, policies, and practices to enhance the role of labor and working people in addressing the environmental and climate crises.
Labor has an important reframing of this issue: we have two crises, not one. We have a crisis of climate change and a crisis of inequality, and we need solutions that address both. Solutions to the climate crisis cannot exacerbate the crisis of inequality by creating low-wage, low-quality jobs; Addressing climate change needs to reverse inequality by creating high-wage, family and communities sustaining union jobs. The initiative's efforts focus on building a truly sustainable society and economy.
The Fellow will research a variety of topics related to climate change, and contribute to the creation of multi-state “climate jobs” policy papers and Canva presentations that address topics including job and training quality standards in energy efficiency and renewable energy work and exploring innovative financing models for climate mitigation activities.