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(Update: video of complete speeches available below)

December 11, 2015

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 union leaders from different regions.

The power of these messages is captured in this 17-minute video, produced by ReelNews for TUED.  The speakers addressed energy democracy, climate jobs, and the need for a transition that is not only just, but also 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.

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.

A video of Jeremy Corbyn’s presentation is here (courtesy of Democracy Now.) His remarks on how the failure to address climate has contributed to recent flooding throughout Northern England, Scotland and Wales have been broadly distributed by the media. He urged unions and the climate movement to “unleash the hope” for a truly sustainable future.

Next TUED Bulletin:  COP 21 round up — and where now for unions?

UK Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s remarks on how the failure to address climate has contributed to recent flooding throughout Northern England, Scotland and Wales have been broadly distributed by the media.

The Paris climate summit (Cop 21) is nearly over, and the deal is almost certainly going to dangerous. But on December 7th, a capacity crowd of 700 people from the trade unions and other movements heard inspiring messages from writer and activist Naomi Klein and UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, as well as trade union leaders from different regions.

The power of these messages are captured in this 17-minute video, produced by ReelNews for TUED.  The speakers address energy democracy, climate jobs, and the need for a transition that is not only just, but also transformative.  A segment of Naomi Klein’s full presentation can also be viewed here.

The meeting was organized by Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung–New York Office, Global Climate Jobs and the Global Labour Institute Network.

Event excerpts by ReelNews

Complete Talks


Jeremy Corbyn


Naomi Klein


Trade Union speakers


Final discussion