For Immediate Release (Nov 25th, 2015)
Contact: Sean Sweeney, +1 917 886 1419, firstname.lastname@example.org
Naomi Klein photo by Kourosh-Keshiri. Jeremy Corbyn photo by Jeff Overs/BBC/PA
Monday, December 7th
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Now is Not the Time for Small Steps: Solutions to the Climate Crisis and the Role of Trade Unions. A Conversation with Naomi Klein and UK Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn
With pubic demonstrations banned during the upcoming UN climate talks, unions from around the world will come together in Paris to show support for real solutions to the climate crisis. Alongside allies from other movements, unions will discuss ways to better connect climate change to the rising struggle against austerity, inequality, wars and militarization.
Supported by unions from around the world, the December 7th meeting has been organized by Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED) in partnership with the Global Climate Jobs Campaign, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung–New York, and the Global Labour Institute Network. Hundreds of social movement activists have already registered for the meeting.
“Naomi Klein’s book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate and Jeremy Corbyn’s Protecting Our Planet leadership campaign statement get to the root causes of climate change, namely an economic system that serves the interests of the large corporations and the one percent,” said Sean Sweeney, coordinator of TUED. “This is the reality that unions and other social movements must confront, and it explains why the UN climate talks have failed to produce an agreement that can ensure a truly just societal transition.”
Naomi Klein’s book urges unions and their allies to step up their efforts to establish a new paradigm anchored in a far-reaching democratization of economic life. This message was recently reinforced by the documentary film of the same name (directed by Avi Lewis).
Prior to being elected leader of the Labour Party in the UK, Jeremy Corbyn issued a clear commitment to an energy transition that is “open, democratic, sustainable and accountable” and be able to deliver 100% carbon-free electrical power by 2030.
December 7th union sponsors: (list in formation): Public Services International; International Transportworkers Federation; Education International; International Union of Foodworkers; Global Nurses United; Canadian Labour Congress (CLC); Central de Trabajadores Argentinos (CTA); Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Mangagawa (SENTRO) Philippines; FTQ Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec; Confédération des syndicats nationaux, Quebec; European Public Services Unions (EPSU); La Fédération Syndicale Unitaire (FSU) France; l’Union Syndicale Solidaires, France; Service Employees International Union (US & Canada); Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE); GMB, UK; National Nurses United (US); Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) United States and Canada; Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW); Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (Fagforbundet); National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) Australia; New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA); Public & Commercial Services Union (PCS) UK; Public Services and Transport Workers Union (KPTU) Korea; UNISON, UK; UNITE the Union, UK; United Electrical Workers (UE),US; University and College Union (UCU) UK; Water Workers Union at EYATH, Thessaloniki, Greece; Dipartimento Ambiente e Territorio CGIL, Italy
Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED) is a network of more than 35 trade union bodies from 14 countries that advocates for social ownership and democratic control of the energy resources, infrastructure and options as a means to confront the challenge of global warming, energy poverty, rising levels of pollution, the degradation of land and people, and to counter the attacks on worker rights and protections.
TUED is part of the International Program on Labor, Climate & Environment at the Murphy Institute, City University of New York.