Climate emergency

The climate emergency is real and it is a union issue. The evidence is clear that the world is facing a climate crisis.

From 2019 the school ‘climate strikes’ and the activism of other groups has focused attention, culminating in the government’s commitment to Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050. As the world considers how it will recover from the coronavirus pandemic, it is vital that a fairer low carbon is at the heart of plans to rebuild.

We take this challenge seriously. Prospect’s National Executive has acknowledged the climate emergency and committed to an action plan to raise awareness among members, support workplace change, and reduce the union’s own carbon footprint.

Prospect has unique insight because we represent members across the science, engineering and the environmental workforces, alongside members in the energy and transport sectors.

Prospect embodies expertise. Members in public services are among the world’s leading climate scientists and conservationists. Our members in renewables, nuclear and the energy supply networks understand both the need for investment in low-carbon energy and a Just Transition, so that no workers or communities are left behind by the switch to a new green economy.

Our Bectu sector members in the creative industries have worked on Blue Planet and other film, TV and theatre productions telling the story of what is at stake.

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Getting involved

We actively encourage members to get involved and take action together to tackle the climate crisis.

We are asking branches and members to consider:

  • organising a branch discussion or event – for instance a lunch and learn or talk
  • using Prospect materials to support a debate or actions about what members can do locally or at work
  • supporting local community events also taking place – but remember to agree that time off with your line manager or annual leave to cover any time in which you may not be at work
  • when you hold an event – for some freelance members or those who work flexibly the timing of events matters
  • sharing our social media posts highlighting the work our members do and our support for action on climate change
  • electing an Environmental Rep for your branch.


News and analysis

8 November 2021
As the COP26 summit got underway in Glasgow, Prospect hosted a panel of experts to discuss…
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Cutout paper trees and building green wave and blue sky. Template in cut paper style for save the Earth posters, city ecology brochures
17 September 2021
Stuart Blofeld, who has a Masters degree in Sustainability, is Prospect’s environment rep…
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Aerial view of the beautiful cliffs close to the historic South Stack lighthouse on Anglesey
26 August 2021
Prospect member Karen Robinson, lead specialist advisor on marine habitats at Natural…
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Prospect's senior deputy general secretary, Sue Ferns
Sue Ferns · 15 July 2021
The government’s Green Jobs Taskforce report is a critical roadmap to help us achieve Net…
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Working in the natural environment survey – Key findings

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Prospect’s carbon footprint report

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Prospect xarbon footprint report 2023


Responding to the climate emergency

DOWNLOAD (Prospect) updated Dec 2021


The climate crisis is a union issue

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Prospect climate crisis flyer                           Bectu climate crisis flyer


Five steps to a secure, low-carbon energy future



Climate change – Prospect’s position




>> Just transition in the energy sector