I’m Ryan, and I recently started working at Friends of the Earth Scotland in a new role as Just Transition Campaigner. If we’re to tackle the climate emergency, we need to move to a fossil free economy quickly but this shouldn’t mean leaving behind workers and communities currently dependent on high carbon industries. Our future clean energy economy should be built with workers, trade unions and communities at the heart, putting people and planet before oil companies’ profits. This campaign means a huge amount to me, I grew up in Paisley and Middlesbrough where the collapse in industries like textiles and steel hurts communities to this day. I don’t want to see this repeated in the North East of Scotland. A truly Just Transition would put workers, trade unions and communities at the centre of plans to rapidly move away from our worst emitting industries towards decent, well paid work in clean energies.
FoE Scotland 29th July 2019 read more »