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Protecting Our Future

City in DesertDelegates at the 1970 AFSCME Convention – shortly after the nation’s first Earth Day – declared “The right of all persons to a healthy, safe and pleasant environment in which to live and work is fundamental.” To achieve this right AFSCME called upon the “administration and the Congress to vigorously support all programs to curtail pollution of the environment in any form.” While some of the worst conditions detailed in that resolution have been mitigated, often through the daily work of AFSCME members, a new challenge faces us: climate change.

AFSCME understands the enormous social and economic consequences of climate change, which is why in 2008 we recommitted ourselves to action – in legislatures and at the bargaining table, in our union offices and our workplaces, in our homes and our communities.