Today is World Environment Day, the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
Unions have a strong voice protecting the environment in their workplaces and local communities, and today is an ideal opportunity to check out some of the resources and support available.
A good place to start is with the free online courses from the Greener Jobs Alliance (GJA). The Greener Jobs Alliance is supported by a number of unions and environmental NGO’s and was launched to promote skills training and job creation to meet the needs of Britain’s rapidly growing low carbon sectors and to green the whole economy.
They liaise with training bodies, colleges, universities, employers, local and national government, trade unions, housing associations, campaign and community groups – to build the policies, investment and partnerships needed to drive the transition to a low carbon economy.
At the moment the GJA has two free online courses that are available to anyone. These are “Climate Change Awareness” and “Air Quality – a trade union issue”
Climate Change Awareness is a short introductory course is aimed at trade unionists and anyone wishing to develop their understanding of the issues around climate change.
The course is divided into 4 modules. The modules contain background information, short videos, graphs and illustrations.
Module 1: Climate Change Explained
Module 2: The International Response
Module 3: The Trade Union Response
Module 4: Getting Involved
At the end of each section, there are references and links to additional materials if you want to go further. There are no formal tests and you can work through the materials at your own pace but there are optional quizzes to check your understanding at the end of modules 1, 2 and 3
Air Quality – a trade union issue explores the following issues over 3 modules.
Module 1: The Causes and Health Impacts of Air Pollution
Module 2: The Law and Government Policy
Module 3: Trade Union Responses and Campaigns
Both these courses, along with other useful resources, can be accessed by logging onto the Greener Jobs Alliance website: