Please join us for an 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.
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
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.
The Climate Jobs campaigns and Trade Unions for Energy Democracy will also be holding a longer and more informal workshop during the day, 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, the COP, and what we can do in the coming year.
There is a new booklet on GLOBAL CLIMATE JOBS, with contributions from campaigns in Norway, South Africa, New York, Britain and Canada. You can download a version here https://globalclimatejobs.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/new-global-climate-jobs-booklet/