The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report in August, which provides the most up to date understanding of the climate system and climate change.

This is the IPCC’s 6th report and it was unequivocal in attributing human-induced climate change to the weather and climate extremes that are already occurring in every region across the globe.

Most notably, the IPCC found that without immediate action global temperatures are likely to rise by more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

We know that human actions will determine the future course of the climate. By achieving net zero CO2 emissions and making strong, swift and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, we will be able to address the main drivers of climate change and limit warming to 1.5°C globally.

How can workers take action?

In November this year there will be a United Nations climate summit and Australia needs to show the global community that we are serious about acting on climate.

We need a genuine commitment and a plan in place to cut pollution, shift to cleaner technologies and achieve net zero emissions by 2030 while ensuring a just transition for workers and their communities.

Australian union members will be delivering a petition to Federal leaders prior to the climate summit, showing that workers need a safe climate with secure jobs. You can show your support by signing the petition.

CPSU Climate Action Network

The CPSU’s Climate Action Network brings together interested members from across different workplaces and agencies for discussion, guest speakers, and policy and campaign work on the role of the Commonwealth Public Sector in tackling climate change. Join the Climate Action Network today!