A false picture often appears in the mainstream media of blue collar workers and unions usually being opposed to dealing with the problems created by climate change. However, much of the union movement and many blue collar workers understand full well the disastrous implications for them that not dealing with global warming effectively will bring for them and have accordingly begun to demand change in this area, often working in conjuction with environmentalists and indigenous groups. In 2019
- A coalition composed of unions, Indigenous groups, environmentalists and celebrities called on Canada Monday to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 as part of a proposed "Pact for a Green New Deal."
Members of the wide-ranging, 60-group coalition spoke at events held in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, decrying the lack of political action and calling for everyone to adhere to the pact that calls for the emissions cut, the creation of a million sustainable jobs and recognition of Indigenous rights.
The pan-Canadian group, which also includes scientists, health professionals, students and artists, denounced what it called the inertia of governments at all levels in taking tougher measures to fight climate change.
The movement said the scientific findings are indisputable that all efforts must be made to cut Canada's greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. ...
The proposed pact goes beyond the environment and includes a fight against social and economic injustice, aiming for accessibility to housing, the sustainability of work and the eradication of racism.