We demand a just transition to a carbon-neutral society. By this we mean that we must rework our society so that we no longer systemically destroy our environment, and we must do this without leaving communities to suffer as a consequence. For a just transition to be achieved governments and employers must…
Be honest – a just transition must come from a position of honesty and knowledge. Governments and employers must admit the severity of the climate crisis.
Cut carbon emissions – Current carbon neutrality targets are not enough. We must end fossil fuel use and we must achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.
Free the unions – Trade unions must be allowed to protect workers and hold the governments and employers accountable. This means revoking Draconian labour laws, such as the TULC(R)A and the Trade Union Act 2016.
Empower communities – A just transition cannot be imposed from the top down; it must engage and be led by communities.
Care for the natural world – We must begin the repair the damage we have already done to the natural ecosystems on which we rely. This must be done in a way that respects indigenous land rights and draws on their traditional knowledge and expertise as land stewards. We must say no to “reserves” that claim to protect the land by expelling indigenous people.
What might a just transition actually look like? We discuss what changes may be necessary in our Great Green Charter.