TUED will be partnering with unions and other allies at COP 21 to organize discussions at the World of Work Pavilion (December 3rd and 4th) and the People’s Climate Summit (December 5th and 6th). On December 7th, Jeremy Corbyn and Naomi Klein will speak at a trade union event.
Registration for the December 7th event is closed.
TRADE UNION FORUM ON CLIMATE & JOBS Full program
Thursday, December 3rd, 13:30-14:30, Space Generations Climate, Bourget, Stand A 25
RESISTING EXTREME EXTRACTION Unions and the Call for a Global Moratorium on Fracking
Supported by unions from 13 countries, Trade Union Call for a Global Moratorium on Fracking is an attempt to draw attention to the need for unions to understand the threats posed by fracking. Unions from Argentina, Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. will report on the health and climate impacts, and explain why unions have joined the fight against the reckless extraction of so-called unconventional fuels.
Thursday, December 3rd, 16:45-18:15, Room 5
POWER TO THE PEOPLE Why Social Ownership and Democratic Control of Energy is Essential to Reach Climate Targets
Market-based approaches to energy transition are not working. With energy-related emissions continuing their dramatic rise, mainstream commentators are now resigned to the fact that global warming will not be kept within 2 degrees Celsius. The Paris Agreement will formalize the elite’s civilizational surrender to climate change in the name of “growth.” Inspired by the growing resistance to the rising use of fossil fuels, support for ‘energy democracy’ among unions and social movements is growing. The fight for democratic control over the energy system, infrastructure and options is crucial to meeting emissions targets in a way that can advance social, economic and climate justice.
PEOPLE’S CLIMATE SUMMIT Full Program
Collège – Lycée Jean Jaurès Salle 400 | 1 Rue Dombaske 93100 Montreuil
December 5, 2015, 4:30 – 6:30 pm, Room 400
POWER TO THE PEOPLE: How can Unions and Social Movements Better Connect Anti-austerity Organizing to a Bold Climate Protection Agenda Grounded in Economic Democracy?
December 7th 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Salle Olympe de Gouges 15 Rue Merlin, 75011 Paris, Map
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
Naomi Klein’s book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate urges social movements to see themselves as agents of social transformation and a far-reaching democratization of economic life. This message, recently reinforced by the documentary film of the same name (directed by Avi Lewis), is consistent with the stated goals of many unions. But how can we take more leadership both as movement builders and as champions of the kind of policies demanded by both the scientific and social realities that we presently confront? And how can we better connect climate change to the rising struggle against austerity, inequality, wars and militarisation?