New Edition: One Million Climate Jobs - Tackling the Environmental and Economic Crises

One Million Climate Jobs
Tackling the Environmental and Economic Crises


Third Edition
Revised, expanded and updated


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 will be available for download from this website shortly.

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
Conference 2014

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.

The conference is timed to coincide with the People's Climate March taking place that weekend in New York with support from American trade unions and involving British trade unionists. This is prior to the UN climate talks in NY from 23 September. The conference will involve international speakers and contributions via skype from the march organisers and British and American trade unionists on the march. We also aim to encourage climate jobs groups in other countries to hold their own meetings and conferences at this time which we can link up with.
 

Provisional Timetable

12.00 - 1.00  Registration
1.00 - 2.30 Opening plenary: "The International Fight for Climate Jobs"
2.30 - 2.45 Break
2.45 - 4.15 Workshops:
Two lead speakers per workshop with additional invited contributors in the audience.
a) "Unpacking Climate Jobs"
b) "Building a Better Future by Campaigning for Climate Jobs"
c) "Students, Environment, and Climate jobs"
4.15 - 4.45 Networking
4.45 - 5.30 Closing Plenary: "Time to Act on Climate Change" - speakers from the "Time to Act" campaign and the protest campaign for the Paris COP talks. Followed by Q & A.
 

BOOK & REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE ONLINE HERE.


Time to Act! For a Future that Doesn't Cost the Earth - Protest March 7th 2015

We are already experiencing the effects of  a changing climate. The impacts are being  felt everywhere. The terrible floods which hit  Southern England in the winter, the extreme storms which devastated rail and roads, are the kind of events that will increase. As ever in these situations, as in others, it is the least well off that suffer the most. 

Instead of acting to reduce the use of fossil  fuels, rich multinationals and governments plan to extract even more. Cameron’s government have gone on a “dash for gas”, subsidising their friends in the fossil fuel industry to the tune of billions. They’re even changing the law and spending more money on pushing fracking. If governments keep expanding the use of fossil fuels instead of cutting them then we will be heading for 4-6 degree temperature rises. This is a recipe for disaster, a planet that will have an environment we won’t be able to live in. 
 
We have to demand action from our government, and stand up to big business and the huge vested interests who have put their profits ahead of the needs of everyone else and the planet. It’s Time to Act! On climate change. 
 
We can do something about this. 
 
  • 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.
But this needs to be done urgently.
 
The Campaign Against Climate Change’s Time to Act! Campaign will be organising a mass creative demonstration on March 7th 2015. 
In the months before the general election we need to make sure that the message is clear—It’s Time to Act.... For a future that doesn’t 
cost the Earth.
 
In 2015, the year of the crucial UN climate talks in Paris we need to make sure the message is clear - It’s Time to Act... on Climate Change.

Please get involved, please join us. We are part of the Campaign Against Climate Change & the Time to Act Campaign. 

Email climatetradeunion@gmail.com Phone 07961669650 (020) 7833 9311
 

 

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)

1.20 Lunch

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

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Why we need to create a million climate jobs

We face an economic crisis and an environmental crisis in Britain and across the world. We need solutions to both beginning now. Climate activists, and several national trade unions, are launching a campaign to make the government create one million green climate jobs. We have produced a pamphlet that explains how we can do that and why we must. To find solutions to the climate crisis and the recession, we need more public spending, the opposite of current government policy. We have people who need jobs and work that needs to be done. A million climate jobs in the UK will not solve all the economy's problems. But it will take a million human beings off the dole and put them to work saving the future. You can find out more by watching the One Million Climate Jobs film on our resouces page.

 The pamphlet is available for download here. Hardcopies can also be ordered.

Climate Jobs Caravan

From 12th - 25th May 2012 the Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Group organised a Climate Jobs Caravan which toured the north and south of the UK, visiting towns and cities to raise the profile of climate jobs. Click HERE to find out more about the caravan and local campaigning.

National Climate Petition

The national petition calling for one million climate jobs has now been launched. Please sign it here.