Please join us for an open and informal and information-sharing discussion for participants in the No jobs on a dead planet! Trade Union Climate Summit (Sept 14 - 15, program below) and other friends and allies.
Trade unions are preparing for the COP 21 climate talks and related events in Paris (November 29 - December 12) at a time when the refugee crisis, the rising movement against austerity and inequality, and growing concerns about ecological degradation are changing the face of politics in the EU and around the world.
The Sept 13th meeting will take place the day after the (likely) victory of Jeremy Corbyn in the UK's Labour Party leadership race. Corbyn's victory provides an opportunity for unions to work with others to challenge the dominant "markets and targets" approach to climate. Ideas like climate jobs and social ownership of energy (as well as a greater role for public finance) will probably gain more visibility and popularity. Both can be part of an international trade union approach to climate change that is both transformative and effective.
As we prepare for both the summit and COP21, this discussion will allow for an exchange of views and perspectives on how to develop our work in the period ahead.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Climate Jobs campaigns and Trade Unions for Energy Democracy will also be holding a full day of discussions, from 11.00 to 17.00 at the same venue; CCFD-SIDI 12 rue Guy de la Brosse 75005 Paris - Ground floor. We will discuss the problems different climate jobs campaigns face, how we can help each other, how TUED and climate jobs can work together, the changing politics of the present moment, COP 21, and what we can do in the coming year. Please join us if you can!
Argentina:The Workers Central of Argentina (CTA) works with Mapuche indigenous communities to spread the word about the impacts of drilling shale gas and oil. Excellent documentary with English subtitles (thanks to CTA).
South Africa: Largest union NUMSA and allies address the energy crisis, asserts need for public ownership. See statement from meeting in Johannesburg"The crisis calls for a transition to a low-carbon economy and the dismantling of the Minerals-Energy Complex."PDF version here