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LETTER: Just transition needed for fossil fuel workers and communities

From reader Michael Jessen

This past summer, hundreds of wildfires blazed around the world. Driven by extreme heat waves, these fires made one thing abundantly clear: the climate crisis is at our doorsteps and our politicians simply are not acting at the scale and pace we need.

For years, Justin Trudeau has tried to style himself as a climate leader while failing to do two of the most important things necessary to tackle the climate crisis: stopping fossil fuel expansion and legislating a just transition for workers and communities.

If we are to become better stewards of our Earth, we must provide alternative work for those employed in the industries that are contributing to the climate crisis.

The good news is that over the past few weeks, thousands of people across the country participated in the public consultation process for national just transition legislation, and a massive chorus of people have called on the government to guarantee a good, green, unionized job to anyone who wants one; put people first by supporting workers and communities through the transition to 100 per cent renewable energy; and deliver action that’s in line with climate science and ensures a rapid transition off fossil fuels.

Now, it’s time to hold our government accountable. Join myself and others across the country who’ll continue fighting for a big and bold just transition plan from our federal government in the weeks to come.

Michael Jessen

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