TIME TO ACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE - MARCH 7 2015
No to Austerity, Yes to a Million Climate Jobs
The People’s Climate march last September brought half a million people to the streets, demanding bold and decisive action on climate change. Joining the march were thousands of trade union members and working people, responding to austerity and global warming as symptoms of the same problem.
We face a climate crisis and a crisis of pay and employment for millions of working people. The market chooses profit and economic growth at the cost of public services and the health of the planet that sustains us. Working people are expected to pay for an economic crisis they didn’t cause, and up to a million families in Britain have to choose between heating their homes in winter or having regular meals. Austerity measures will continue to undermine our national response to climate change, notably our frontline flood defences and services.
With this crisis come opportunity for us to galvanise as a movement, and show that together we are stronger in facing a system that is broken.
The Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Group, backed by 8 national unions, produced the ‘One Million Climate Jobs’ report which offers fresh solutions for these times. It provides a road-map for transition and the creation of one million new jobs. It shows that a new story is possible beyond these times of austerity and climate catastrophe.
Come with your placards and trade union banners on March 7th. Together let’s show we care about the world we will leave for our children and grandchildren. Together let's bring a message of urgency which cannot be ignored.
Now is the time to act.
WHEN: Saturday, March 7th 12:30pm
WHERE: Lincoln Inns Fields
One Million Climate Jobs
Tackling the Environmental and Economic Crises
The Million Climate Jobs pamphlet is a fantastic tool for mapping the kind of climate justice future we should all be working towards. - Naomi Klein, author This Changes Everything
To halt climate change we need drastic cuts in the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases we put into the air. That means leaving most of the existing reserves of high carbon fuels in the ground. We need workers to insulate and retrofit homes and buildings to conserve energy. We need workers to build enough renewable power to meet all our energy needs. And we need workers to maintain the new systems the future of humanity depends on.This booklet calculates and explains how we can allow for a just energy transition for workers, society and the planet.
This is the third edition of the ‘One Million Climate Jobs’ report, written with the support of trade unions and environmental groups. It has been completely revised, expanded and updated.
You can download the report or order copies for delivery (discounts for bulk purchases).
The Online Technical Companion is now available for download. This contains the footnotes, calculations and additional supporting documentation for the report.
This report has been produced by the Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union group in conjunction with the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), Communication Workers Union (CWU), Fire Brigades Union (FBU), National Union of Students (NUS), Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), Transport Salaried Staffs Associationa (TSSA), Unite, the union (UNITE), and the University and College Union (UCU)
The pamphlet was launched at the The International Fight for Climate Jobs Conference on Sat 20 Sept in London - details here.
The International Fight for Climate Jobs - Sat 20 Sept, London
For a Future that doesn't Cost the Earth - The international fight for climate jobs
Saturday 20th September 2014, 12pm - 5.30pm
London Metropolitan University
Tower Building, Holloway Road, N7 8DB
BOOK & REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE ONLINE HERE.
BOOK & REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE ONLINE HERE.
Time to Act! For a Future that Doesn't Cost the Earth - Protest March 7th 2015
- We can create climate jobs in renewable energy and transport which reduce emissions and unemployment.
- We can insulate homes which reduce energy use and keep people out of fuel poverty.
- We can fight to stop big business lobbying to stop international agreements that we need to reduce emissions.
- We can call for One Million Climate Jobs.
Please get involved, please join us. We are part of the Campaign Against Climate Change & the Time to Act Campaign.
AGM 2014 - Saturday 26 April
The Annual General Meeting of the Trade Union Group will be held from 12.00 – 3.00 on Saturday 26th April in Committee Room 4, First Floor, Camden Town Hall (Judd Street) entrance. This is immediately across Euston Road from St Pancras station and is fully accessible.
The AGM is open to any trade unionist interested in supporting the work of Campaign against Climate Change and/or its TU Group, and also climate activists who have worked with us over the past year.
Nominations are invited for the following positions: Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Press Officer.
Report on Shipyards, Jobs and Climate Meeting. Portsmouth, 2nd April 2014
Close to fifty people, including local trade unionists and climate campaigners, attended a CACCTU public meeting on “Shipyards, Jobs and Climate Change: Fighting for an Alternative” in Portsmouth's central library on 2 April.
The meeting, organised jointly with Portsmouth and Southampton Trades Councils, was called in response to the announcement by BAE Systems of the closure of the historic Royal Navy dockyards in Portsmouth by the end of 2015. The closure will bring to the end 500 years of shipbuilding in the city and mean the loss of 940 shipbuilding jobs as well as hundreds of indirect job losses in the supply chain.
The decision to introduce staff cuts by BAE, Britain’s largest defence contractor, will also mean 835 redundancies in shipbuilding and related industries in Glasgow, Rosyth, and Filton, near Bristol, and the loss of irreplaceable specialist skills.
Suzanne Jeffery, speaking on behalf of CACCTU, put the case for keeping open the yards by switching to the building of renewables such as wind and wave turbines. She put the argument firmly in the context of the conclusions of the third IPCC report which called for the rapid decarbonisation of electricity generation as part of a mitigation strategy if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change.
In the discussion that followed, speakers included Gerald Vernon-Jackson, the Leader of the City Council, and members of shipyard and other unions, including Unite, Unison and RMT. Many contributors pointed to the ready transferability of shipbuilding skills to the manufacture of wind and wave turbines and suggested that this strategy needed to form a stronger element in the unions’ campaigns to reduce jobs losses.
Currently too much emphasis was being placed by the unions involved in the discussions, and by the politicians, on maintaining the building of combat ships when the world has more important priorities.
Following a proposal from Bobby Noyes, Secretary of Southampton Trades Councils, a working group is to be set up involving trade unionists from around the Solent, specialist academics from local universities, and interested environmental activists, to draft a detailed report on the kind of climate jobs that could be created in the yards and the kind of action that needs to be taken by the Government and others to achieve this. They will also be looking for the support of local councillors and MP’s.
Conference 2013 - Confronting the Climate Crisis
A conference bringing together climate scientists, trade unionists and environmental activists
Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
London Metropolitan University, Stapleton House, 277 Holloway Road, London, N7 8HN
FINAL TIMETABLE - DOWNLOAD THE LATEST LEAFLET HERE.
11am Opening address - Sue Ferns (Director of Communications and Research, Prospect/ Co-chair of Trade Unions Sustainable Development Advisory Committee) for TUC
11.20 Opening plenary: How serious is the climate crisis and how could it affect us? A briefing for trade unionists
Prof Kevin Anderson, Deputy Director, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
12.20 Workshops 1
1. The melting Arctic: what will it mean? Speaker: Dr Michel Tsamados (Research Associate, Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling, Reading University)
2. Weird weather: is this the new normal? Speakers: Dr Richard Allan (Reader in Climate Science, University of Reading), Dave Green (Fire Brigades Union national officer for floods)
3. Climate change: the threat to agriculture and food supply: Speakers: Kirtana Chandrasekaran (Food Sovereignty Programme Co-ordinator, Friends of the Earth International), Suzanne Jeffery (Chair, CACCTU)
2.00 Second Plenary: Fighting climate change and for climate jobs, internationally & locally
Andreas Ytterstad (Union of Concerned Scientists, Norway), Dr Lara Skinner (Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, USA), Martin Empson (Million Climate Jobs Campaign), Ewa Jasiewicz (No Dash for Gas). Speakers from South African Trade Unions and Canadian indigenous movement linked through Skype.
3.00 Workshops 2
1. Fighting for climate jobs in the unions - Speaker: Chris Baugh (Assistant General Secretary, PCS)
2. Uniting trade unions with community campaigns - Speakers: Graham Petersen (UCU national environment co-ordinator/ Greener Jobs Alliance), Peter Robinson (Jobs and Climate Alliance), Jane Thomas (Senior England Campaigner, Friends of the Earth)
3. Changing the Government’s climate policy - Speakers: Joan Walley MP (Chair, House of Commons Environmental Scrutiny Committee), John McDonnell MP, Philip Pearson (TUC Senior Policy Officer for Climate Change and Energy)
4.00 Closing Plenary: Countering austerity - the fight for climate jobs(“Question Time” panel format)
Confirmed panellists: Manuel Cortez (General Secretary, TSSA), Chris Baugh (Assistant General Secretary PCS), Martin Mayer (National Executive, Unite), Suzanne Jeffery (Chair, CACCTU), Jonathan Stevenson (Fuel Poverty Action), Joan Walley MP, Will Duckworth (Deputy Leader, Green Party)
2012 brought more and more news of a worsening climate. From droughts in the United States and Australia, to heavy rains and flooding, crop failures across the globe and an almost complete collapse of summer sea ice in the Arctic. At the same time governments are back tracking on commitments to deal with carbon emissions and the mitigation of the effects of global warming.
At the same time, governments are dealing with the global economic crisis with further austerity, leading to unemployment, cuts in public services and further attacks on working people.
The Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union group has published two reports on the potential for "One Million Climate Jobs" to deal both with unemployment and to reduce carbon emissions by up to 80%. This, our fourth conference, will explore how we can continue to fight for these jobs in an era of austerity. But it will also be an opportunity for trade unions to listen to climate scientists and understand what is happening to our weather and our environment.
Speakers include: Professor Kevin Anderson, Deputy Director of the Tynedale Centre for Climate Change Research; Manuel Cortes, General Secretary, TSSA; Chris Baugh, Deputy General Secretary, PCS; Suzanne Jeffrey, Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union group; Andreas Ytterstad, Union of Concerned Scientists (Norway) and author of Norwegian Climate Jobs report; Dr Michel Tsamados, Research Associate, Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling, Reading University (personal capacity)
Conference hosted by London Metropolitan University UCU and Climate Action Group, supported by CWU, FBU, PCS, UNITE, TSSA, UCU
DOWNLOAD THE LATEST LEAFLET HERE.
BOOK ONLINE HERE.
The pamphlet is available for download here. Hardcopies can also be ordered.