An event bringing together climate scientists, trade unionists and environmental activists
Saturday June 8th 11.00-17.00
London Metropolitan University, Stapleton House, 277 Holloway Road, London, N7 8HN
The conference brings together a top line-up of speakers at a time when climate change is becoming ever more relevant:
- The keynote speaker with be Professor Kevin Anderson, from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, one of the world’s leading – and most radical – experts on climate change.
- Other speakers include Joan Walley MP, the highly-respected Chair of the influential Environmental Audit Committee, Manuel Cortes, the General Secretary of TSSA, Deputy leader of the Green Party Will Duckworth and Jane Thomas, the senior campaigner at Friends of the Earth as well as Ewa Jasiewicz, from No Dash for Gas.
There will be an international session which will include contributions from Norway, South Africa, America and the Canadian indigenous movement.
The conference will stage a variety of workshops including some on the melting Arctic and our weird weather, led by experts in their field.
2012 brought more and more news of a worsening climate. From droughts in the United States and Australia, to heavy rains and flooding, crop failures across the globe and an almost complete collapse of summer sea ice in the Arctic. At the same time governments are back tracking on commitments to deal with carbon emissions and the mitigation of the effects of global warming. Governments are dealing with the global economic crisis with further austerity, leading to unemployment, cuts in public services and further attacks on working people.
The Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union group has published two reports on the potential for “One Million Climate Jobs” to deal both with unemployment and to reduce carbon emissions by up to 80%. This, our fourth conference, will explore how we can continue to fight for these jobs in an era of austerity. But it will also be an opportunity for trade unions to listen to climate scientists and understand what is happening to our weather and our environment.
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