A Just Transition to a net-zero emission economy centers racial & social justice and the voices of the people who are most affected by pollution—frontline workers and frontline communities. A Just Transition must contain strong labor standards, including protections for family-supporting and sustaining wages and benefits, procurement transparency, and strong industry training standards
To maximize effectiveness, the members of Climate Jobs Rhode Island commit to working together to deepen our understanding of each other’s positions, goals, and mission.
We will establish opportunities for each other to learn about each other’s values, operational philosophies, and priorities.
We will pursue a common legislative and policy agenda aiming to reach these goals in a reasonable timeframe.
While we agree a Just Transition to a net-zero emission economy is our collective goal, there will be times when the members of Climate Jobs Rhode Island will disagree about necessary next steps. We commit to continue to discuss a practical Just Transition that must ensure a secure energy future for Rhode Island.
We believe our plan represents a down payment on what it will take for generations of Rhode Islanders in the years and decades to come to continue to enjoy the benefits of a healthy environment and a strong economy with good paying jobs serving the cause of protecting our friends and neighbors from the ravishes of climate change and establishing our state as an example for others to follow in creating a Green Economy.
*The United Nations Environment Programme defines a green economy as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one which is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.