We are in a race against time to respond to climate change, which left unchecked threatens everyone and will leave whole regions uninhabitable. Extreme weather events with lasting devastation are already destroying jobs and livelihoods.

Climate change know no borders, and neither does solidarity. That’s why in 2020 the ITUC is asking for your support to help ‘Climate and Employment Proof our Work’ (#CEPOW).

This year we know that jobs and employment are serious concerns for people, that’s why we need to have the conversation about both climate and employment.

Workers around the world will invite their employers to share a conversation to discuss the plans for resilience and sustainable business — safety, jobs, emissions, a secure pathway for the future. That’s the strength of leadership needed from all of us.

On June 24, take part in the biggest global conversation about our future: join the Global Day of Action to Climate and Employment Proof our Work.

We are running out of time. Without ambitious action on climate change by 2020, we will pass the tipping points for irreversible damage to our planet.

  • Irreversible global warming - The world needs to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 45% in the next ten years.
  • Hothouse earth - Glaciers are retreating almost everywhere around the world – including in the Alps, Himalayas, Andes, Rockies, Alaska, New Zealand and Africa.
  • Rising sea levels threaten cities - Global sea levels rose 20cm in the last century.
  • Refugees and displaced people - More than 83 million climate refugees have fled from disaster and have lost livelihoods.
  • Climate change and public health – Climate change carries health implications beyond national borders, the WHO estimates there will be additional deaths from climate-sensitive diseases (heat stress, malnutrition, dengue and malaria) from 2030 onwards.
  • ITUC Global Poll 2020 - 79% of people think employees should have a right to know what measures their company are planning to climate-proof jobs and workplaces.

Let’s work together and design a future with secure jobs, sustainable economies and a safe and healthy living planet.

Last year, thousands of workers, unions, and environmental organisations around the world got involved in the first Climate Proof our Workplace day of action. From workers at the Tea and Coffee factory in Burundi to the employees at Canada Post, all had in common one goal: reduce the emissions footprint of their employer’s operations. Have a look at their stories here.

Are you ready to climate and employment proof your work? Then follow these simple steps:

  1. Sign up to get updates about the Global Day of Action.
  2. Download the “Climate and Employment Proof our Work” guide. Get your Global Day of Action campaign pack for all the information and tools on this campaign.
  3. Tell us about your job. Send us a photo of you at work that may be at home, in your office, or out on the job and tell us what you do. Let us know if you are worried about climate change affecting your job.
  4. Ask to talk to your employer, a local business or someone from your local or national government on 24 June. Let us know if you ask for a meeting, and we will keep a tally of all places around the world taking part in the Global Day of Action. Your meeting can be in person or a virtual meeting using an online platform like Skype, Teams, Whats App, Zoom.
  5. Tell us how it went. Share a photo of your in person or virtual meeting and the highlights of what was discussed.

Hungry to do more? There are a number of ways to get involved:

  • Spread the word: get your friends, colleagues, unions involved in the Global Day of Work Action! Stick up a poster IN YOUR HOME OR at your workplace or post a sharegraphic on social media and use the hashtag #CEPOW.
  • #CEPOW poster maker: Show others that you’re part of the global conversation to Climate- and Employment-Proof Our Work with our customisable poster. 1. Choose your language; 2. Make your own poster - you can personalise your poster with up to four photos - one of yourself, your colleagues and friends who are taking action with you and your union logo; 3. Share it on social media with the hashtag #CEPOW. once per page —>