Just 11 days after Pope Francis released his highly anticipated encyclical on the environment, New York will host a major gathering of 40 unions from 14 countries. With resistance to ‘extreme extraction,’ austerity and inequality all rising, unions see opportunities to begin to build a united global movement for fundamental change Why a summit? What will be discussed? Who will be there? Full details here.
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
Bolivia: hit by worst floods in 40 years....and how to fight climate change denial. Elizabeth Peredo Beltran reports
"To honor Pope Francis’ call to action, all of us should support and replicate energy democracy models...so that we can all protect our common home." Anthony Giancatarino, Center for Social Inclusion, discusses the Pope's encyclical.
Capitalism vs. Environment
Leading U.S. trade union journal New Labor Forum devotes its latest edition to climate change, environmental degradation, and trade union approaches to addressing the ecological crisis.
There are articles by Sheila Collins, Jeremy Brecher and Sean Sweeney.
The articles can be downloaded here. Subscribe to New Labor Forum here. For a free back copy, click here
TUED book recommendation:
Workers and Trade Unions for Climate Solidarity: Tackling Climate Change in a Neoliberal World
Paul Hampton, of the UK's Fire Brigades Union, has written a book on how unions in the U.K.are responding the climate change. Order the book here
"At last a book arguing that presents convincing evidence of climate-conscious trade unionism." Linda Clarke, University of Westminster, UK
Global union climate conference in Paris, September 2015. Details here. Global Climate Jobs Facebook page is here
ITUC will convene a climate jobs conference, Sept 14-15 in Paris. Register now!