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Climate action with jobs and just transition for a zero carbon future

The effects of climate change are already being felt. As those impacts amplify, it is the poorest and most vulnerable that will pay, exacerbating the inequalities we face today. Without urgent action, average global temperatures will hit 1.5C above pre-industrial levels by 2040 – a tipping point which may be irreversible. While increasing global regulation and carbon reduction aims are forcing a shift in business as usual, the pace of progress still does not reflect the gravity of the challenge.

Sustainable fuels and new technologies do offer hope, but they also require a shift in the employment landscape and a reorientation of workforce needs. Ecologically and socially sustainable transport solutions will help ensure a just transition... that keeps workers at its heart.

We're moving towards a sustainable transport future, advocating for smarter cities and transport systems connected by publicly-owned urban transport. We're fighting for climate justice by ensuring the world acts both ecologically and equitably to protect our planet, while guaranteeing a just transition for workers. As the world's leading transport authority, ITF has an important role to play in uniting a future vision for workers, and leading collaborative action toward a zero-carbon future with the urgency the climate science demands.

This is a defining moment for the global labour movement. Trade unions are the world’s largest democratic organisations. Together we are leading the response to the greatest challenge facing humanity.

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News | 12 Aug 2023

International Youth Day 2023: Young workers call to organise for a just and sustainable world

12 August 2023, London – This International Youth Day (IYD) is an opportunity to reflect on the state of the world we are leaving to our future generations. In...

News | 15 Feb 2023 Press Release

Africa could be green jobs leader as shipping undergoes low carbon revolution

Joint Press Release from UNGC, ICS, ITF Experts from the Maritime Just Transition Task Force told Africa’s maritime leaders in Accra today that their continent...

News | 20 Nov 2022 Press Release

Breakthrough on loss and damage, attempts to sideline labour standards

The global climate summit, COP27, concluded today with a breakthrough on the Global South’s decades-long call for a fund to pay for climate-related loss and...

News | 09 Nov 2022 Press Release

COP27: Shipping decarbonisation action plan launched to upskill global seafaring workforce

Shipping action plan launched at COP27 in response to new research cautioning ‘as many as 800,000 seafarers’ due for carbon upskilling by the mid-2030s....

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