The Paris climate summit (Cop 21) is nearly over, and the deal that's presently on the table falls short in terms of commitments on emissions, financing, human rights, and just transition. The core concerns of unions and social movements remain in the preamble to the Paris Agreement and not the operative articles of the text.
On December 7th, these shortcomings were acknowledged by a capacity crowd of 700 people from the trade unions and their allies at a meeting organized by Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung–New York Office, Global Climate Jobs and the Global Labour Institute Network.
The audience heard inspiring messages from writer and activist Naomi Klein and UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, as well as trade unions involved in TUED in different regions.
The power of these messages is captured in this 17-minute video, produced by ReelNewsfor TUED. The speakers addressed energy democracy, climate jobs, and the need for a transition that is both just and transformative.
A segment of Naomi Klein's full presentation can also be viewed here. She urged unions and their allies not to accept a "highly dangerous" deal, and to take to the streets in Paris on December 12.