Earlier this week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released their comprehensive assessment on climate science, a report from more than 200 climate scientists on the Earth’s health. It delivers maybe the starkest warning we’ve seen yet. The report concluded that global warming is currently on track to exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius, which the IPCC warned would be catastrophic in a similar report back in 2018. Global warming, and the environmental disasters that come with it, is now effectively “locked in.”
The report also contained some good news: There is still time to take action on the climate crisis. If immediate, drastic steps are taken to reduce carbon emissions, they will yield “rapid and sustained effects to limit human-caused climate change.” Our future will be hotter, but it’s not hopeless.
It will take a movement to turn the drastic steps outlined in the report into reality. Decarbonizing our economy and society will require mass mobilization and action from people across the world. Building and strengthening organized labor will be a crucial part of this movement. Worker power is people power, and we will need militant and organized workers to transform our economy and change our world. A better future is possible, but only if we fight for it. The time to organize is now.
Image: SAN FRANCISCO , CA: People march during the “Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice” march in San Francisco, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. Courtesy of In These Times.