The Covid-19 crisis represents one of the biggest emergencies that human societies have had to face. Meanwhile, when it comes to ongoing emergencies, the problem of climate change must not be forgotten. This is an issue which will stay long after the end of the Covid-19 pandemic. For sure, climate change is a challenge that will last well beyond our own generation.

We wonder how to deal with this big challenge originating from the beginning of our industrial era. What comes first:  the need to change our personal behavior or the way we produce and consume? Confronted with this urgent need to adapt our economic paradigm, are we sure that our current way of thinking is still able to give us the right answers? Not at all!  So, in these circumstances education is the key!  Only education can help us to think differently.

Climate change calls for the development of a new competence framework for trade unionists!  Climate change calls for “green competences” that means “knowledge, abilities, values and attitudes needed to live in, develop and support a society which reduces the impact of human activity on the environment”.

The ETUI Education department is currently working on a short video which will illustrate the notion of green competences in trade union education. This pedagogical resource will introduce our future training offer on climate change and sustainable development.

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