20 September 2019 marks the start of a week of climate protests around the world ahead of a major United Nations summit in New York on September 27.

Today EFFAT stands together with millions walking out of workplaces and homes to join young climate strikers on the streets and demand a call to action to combat climate crisis.

Trade unions must be forefront runners of the battle to save the climate. Together with the ETUC and the ITUC, EFFAT and the other European Trade Union Federations call for a just transition to a low carbon and green economy capable to boost quality jobs creation.

In accordance with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it is crucial to ensure a just transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies with decent and quality jobs.

Harald Wiedenhofer, EFFAT General Secretary said ‘Agriculture and food production have greater impact on CO2 emissions and climate change. At the same time, our sectors are those more exposed to global warming. EFFAT believes that companies’ engagement for sustainable targets shall never be only a public relation exercise to improve companies’ reputation’ And added  – ‘Trade Unions must be fully involved in building a just transition and in the achievement of the Sustainable development goals at all levels. We call on our affiliates to join the climate strike and we urge national governments and the EU Institutions to take serious measures to improve environmental and social sustainability of the food supply chain’.

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