Shifting our economy away from dependency on fossil fuels is critical in responding to the climate crisis. Friends of the Earth believe that this transformation is an opportunity to build a fairer, more equal and socially just Scotland. Involving workers and communities currently dependent on jobs in oil and gas, and other high carbon sectors, as well as broader civil society in planning for this transition, is essential to its success and resiliance.
That's why we are working with partners in the trade unions on industrial policies that can create a Just Transition to a Low Carbon Economy in Scotland.
With our partners - Scottish Trade Union Congress, Communication Workers Union Scotland, Public and Commercial Services Union Scotland, Unite Scotland, Unison Scotland, University and College Union Scotland, WWF Scotland - we have prepared a Joint Statement calling for a Just Transition in Scotland.
The Statement notes our shared concern that plans to tackle climate change have been too slow and not ambitious enough, and presses the Scottish Government for bold measures, particularly in the Climate Plan, the new Energy Strategy and the new Climate Bill.
The Joint Statement is open to unions and civil society organisations to sign up and support.