Sara Nelson, the international president of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), has voiced her union’s support for the Green New Deal. Far from threatening jobs, she states that, if left unchecked, climate change is something that will devastate the environment and aviation.
Sara Nelson, the international president of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), has written of the organization’s support for the Green New Deal in an essay. Seeking to allay fears among those in the industry that this stimulus package will threaten jobs, she writes, “It’s not the solutions to climate change that kills jobs. Climate change itself is the job killer.”
Speaking of the link between climate change and the number of ever-increasing severe turbulence incidents – and most specifically, Clear Air Turbulence (CAT) – Nelson writes that this phenomenon presents a threat to onboard safety as well as to the wider economy and environment.
“As extreme weather events become more common, more and more flights never take off at all. Grounded flights mean lost pay for flight attendants, who earn an hourly wage while we’re in the air,” she explains.
Nelson adds, “Flight attendants’ jobs and lives are in danger if we don’t put a stop to this. But we also know the threat is far bigger than just aviation. If we don’t act swiftly, it will ground aviation and hurt the global community.”
Whether through technological advances that cut emissions or through implementing standards that bring it in-line with the Paris Agreement, the aviation industry, she goes on to say, has long been committed to reducing its environmental impact.
She entreats unions to support the package, saying, “Our federal government must spearhead a national mobilization that brings these efforts together, harnesses American ingenuity, creates millions of well-paying union jobs, and saves the planet for our children. That is the vision of the Green New Deal resolution.”
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