All workers and all industries need to be supported to adapt to climate change. Serious impacts are evident now and are escalating rapidly. Urgent adaptation is needed both to manage the proliferating climate-related risks and to reduce the many existing, non-climatic vulnerabilities that greatly exacerbate climatic stresses and disruptions.
This report presents the first worker-centric analysis of climate change impacts. Workers are all those who contribute to the economy and enable organisations to function. For methodological reasons this study focuses on those with paid jobs, from CEOs to apprentices. How impacts on employees cascade through organisations and impact economies and wider society, and vice versa, is under-analysed.
The report provides rare empirical insights into workers’ experiences of climate-related disruptions and stresses. It is based on a cross-sectoral survey of 1,165 workers, predominantly located in Victoria, and distributed online via six unions in the first half of 2022. Responses were received from more than ten industries and nine occupation types. The results point to many climate-significant aspects of workplaces and workers’ wider systems, including supply chains, homes and daily commutes.