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The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union has reaffirmed its plans to be a net carbo zero union by 2050.

The NASUWT believes that the climate crisis represents one of the greatest threats to peace, security and to the quality of life of our members and the children and young people they teach. Urgent and immediate action is needed to limit further increases in global temperatures.

The Union has today reaffirmed its pledge to be net carbon zero by 2050 at its Annual Conference, which is being held virtually, and to publish details of the steps which it is implementing and the progress being made to reach this target.

Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“As a trade union, an employer and as a representative of hundreds of thousands of teachers across the UK we have a responsibility to play our part in tackling the climate crisis and averting what would be potentially catastrophic environmental changes to our planet.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted many of the ways in which our everyday actions and practices can be adjusted to reduce the environmental impact of the Union’s activities. We will be reflecting further on how the lessons learned by the enforced changes to working practices over the past year can feed into our wider actions to work towards becoming a net carbon zero union.

“The NASUWT is pledging to work towards securing environmentally sustainable solutions for its buildings, assets, services, investments, travel and transport systems, communications, distribution, packaging and food sourcing.

“We will also be challenging our suppliers, contractors and other parties we work with to ensure that they are also working for sustainability.

“NASUWT members have a key role to play as well and we will be offering guidance and training to members and activists and working with other organisations nationally and internationally to achieve our goals and educate about the actions we can all take to achieve climate justice for all.”

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