Sep 30, 2022 | News Story

Climate Jobs NY Update: Climate Week

Last week was #ClimateWeek, and we know that the superstorms, droughts, and water quality crises will continue. We continue to keep our brothers and sisters in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean in our hearts after the impacts of Hurricanes Ian and Fiona. However, we learned from our Climate Jobs Summit: From Ambition to Action this week that if we take bold climate action at the scale that climate science demands while creating thousands of good union jobs in the clean energy economy, we can tackle these compounding challenges.

The Climate Jobs Summit on September 21 accompanied a Week of Action that brought together climate jobs coalitions, labor leaders, union climate activists, environmental advocates, policymakers, scientists, and allies in our shared mission to build an equitable renewable energy economy powered by good union jobs. The Summit had nearly 1,500 participants and included keynote speakers like Ali Zaidi, Assistant to the President, National Climate Advisor, and Vice-Chair of the National Climate Task Force; Jennifer Granholm, Secretary, Department of Energy; and Liz Shuler, President, AFL-CIO.

We also had our New York labor leaders: Gary LaBarbera, Vinny Alvarez, Mike Fishman, John Murphy and Bill Lynn discuss the work of Climate Jobs NY in fighting for strong labor standards throughout the clean energy economy. While addressing the intersecting crises of climate and inequality is daunting, we know the future of the labor movement is bright and will be crucial to making green energy a reality for New Yorkers.