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.
  2. The only people arguing that climate change isn’t happening are in the pocket of Big Oil and other corporate interests who want to keep making money by polluting our air, water and soil. We need to build a movement strong enough to weaken their grip on power.
  3. Unions have long led the fight to protect workers’ health on the job and at home.  Climate change is increasingly putting workers’ and their families’ health at risk with hotter temperatures, historic droughts, catastrophic wildfires, extreme weather events, more infectious diseases, and worse air quality.
  4. Climate justice and economic justice are linked.  We can create a more sustainable future and address economic inequality at the same time.  The climate and jobs crises are two problems with one solution.   A dramatic conversion to clean, renewable, green energy and better transportation options can, if we are at the table, lead to significant local job growth.
  5. Environmentalists can be strong allies.  The fact is that the same corporate interests that attack green activists also want to destroy the labor movement.  So we can hang together (strength in numbers) or hang alone.
  6. Labor-community alliances with environmental and community activists make us stronger and help build an interconnected community of folks who care about social justice.
  7. Stronger alliances lead to more effective organization and political power to address things like bad international trade deals such as NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership that hurt workers and the environment.
  8. United we can win a just future and stop the race to the bottom and the destruction of the planet.  We can reverse course and address climate change and make the world a better place for our children and our children’s children.
  9. Mass extinction is no fun.  Even if you aren’t a tree hugger a dying world is a drag and, last time we checked, union members live on the same planet as everybody else.
  10. It’s more fun to be on the right side of history.
© 2014 San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council
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