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Are you a member of a trade union or students union? If so, we need your help! We want to build the widest possible coalition of forces to campaign for action on climate change. Involving our unions is an important part of this.
The Campaign against Climate Change currently works alongside a broad range of actors from the UK and all over the world to make sure that climate justice is achieved. As the 2015 general election creeps nearer, the climate change summit in Paris this December becomes more crucial than ever. We need to ensure that the message rings out loud and clear: It's Time to Act on Climate Change.
The impacts of climate change are already being felt around the world. If we want to avoid catastrophic climate change it is imperative that we leave the 80% of fossil fuel reserves still left in the ground exactly where they are - we have no time to lose in building the infrastructure for a future based on clean energy.
Ask your union to support the Time to Act campaign!
Here's a model motion to take to your local union branch.
The One Million Climate Jobs campaign was set up by trade unionists within the Campaign against Climate Change, and is supported by a number of national trade unions, including PCS, CWU, UCU and TSSA. The One Million Climate Jobs report sets out the work that needs to be done in the transition to a low carbon economy fit for the future. It received inspiration from the struggle of workers at the Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight, who occupied their factory when it was slated for closure in mid 2009.
New report launched September 2014 - available to read online or buy.
For more information about the CCC Trade Union group's One Million Climate Jobs Campaign see here.
You can download a model motion, asking your union to affiliate to the campaign here.
The impacts of climate change are already upon us. We don't have to look hard to see the devastation that has taken hold on peoples lives and the envrionment across the globe: from rapdily rising sea levels in Bangladesh that have devestated local agriculture; to the exhausted Amazonian rainforests, once home to rich, vibrant ecosystems that supported native livelihoods now destroyed.
In the UK, the effects of climate change have not reached our shores so severely yet. But, if it is not taken seriously, the effects will be catastrophic. Responding appropriately to the climate crisis upon us will open the gateway for hundreds of thousands of green jobs.
Tackling climate change at the root through greening the economy is a direct and positive way in which climate activism and job provision meet. As ever we are strengthening Union affiliations through networking events, conferences and communication. If you are already affiliated or want to be then get in touch to organise a representative to attend an event.
For advice on how to show your union the benefits of affiliating with CCC, click here for more information.
Affiliate online below via PayPal, or send us a cheque with a covering note to the address at the bottom of the page. If you would rather pay via a bank transfer directly to us then that is fine too, just get in touch by phone or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7833 9311
Your Union can affiliate at 3 levels: Local: £25 Regional: £50 National: £150
CCC Trade Union Working Group website: Climate Change and Trade Unions