Workplaces can curb the climate crisis by investing in climate-friendly work methods and tools, JHL members explain in a survey. To slow down the climate crisis, many people are also willing to buy used items and eat less meat.
As the climate crisis is turning working life upside down, trade union JHL must look after its members’ terms and conditions of employment. These are some of the findings of JHL’s survey, to which over 300 union members responded.
In the survey, 64% replied that looking after the terms and conditions of employment is the trade union’s most important duty when preparing for the climate crisis. Only about a quarter of the respondents feel that bringing up climate matters in collective agreement negotiations is the most important thing.
The best ways for workplaces to curb the climate crisis are acquiring work tools that are more climate friendly and changing their work methods into more climate-friendly ones. Out of those who responded, 64% felt that these are the most effective methods for slowing down the crisis.
Many are willing to make changes to their consumption habits
The survey also asked which changes the respondents are willing to make in their daily lives. Out of the respondents, 58% would be ready to eat less meat, and 62% would be willing to buy used clothes and items.
In the survey, members also gave good tips for taking climate action. These are some examples of them:
- “Tips for small ways to take climate action in the workplace, with which we would also get the employer to commit to the cause.”
- Looking ahead and further educating oneself are key things to salary and wage earners.”
- “Information about the impact of and reasons for climate change. Suggestions and interviews related to well-proven ways of reducing climate change.
- Explicit lobbying work towards employers’ organisations or directly towards employers. Lobbying and showing a good example in terms of diminishing emissions or even lowering them down to zero.”