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On Saturday 7 March PCS members marched behind our banner No to austerity; yes to climate jobs with 20,000 others on the Time to Act! climate change demonstration on Saturday. The diversity of groups and individuals ranged from those campaigning for divestment from fossil fuels to a group of homeless polar bears - catch them on video here at Heathrow!
PCS assistant general secretary Chris Baugh addressed the rally in Parliament Square. He highlighted how we can address austerity and climate change through tax justice, energy democracy and creating one million climate jobs.
Other speakers included Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union whose members have had to respond to increasing flood incidents, and author Naomi Klein on the need for system change to address climate change. Another speaker, 12yr old Laurel and part of Children Against Climate Change, urged people to sign their petition - regardless of age - which will be delivered to the Paris UN climate change talks in December. The petition can be accessed here - please support!
The demonstration was part of a series of actions to build pressure on government's to act on climate change leading up to the Paris conference. This is when world leaders meet to finalise an agreement on a new global deal on climate change.
In the spirit of Naomi Klein's recent book, a This Changes Everything Conference is being held in London on 28 March from 9-6pm. A mass participatory gathering of campaigners and individuals to discuss a new way forward. Full details can be found here.
Also on 28/29 March, the Climate Coalition are hosting a Reactivating local action conference. This will look at building local actions in the lead up to the general election and Paris. Details here.
The Climate Coalition are also planning a Speak Up For The Love Of... Climate Lobby on 17 June. Keep in touch on plans via their website here.
A new report was launched in January by Friends of the Earth dispelling the myths about the scale of jobs fracking will create.
Welcoming the report, PCS assistant general secretary Chris Baugh said:
"We were told fracking would be a game changer driving down our energy bills, claims not even Lord Browne, chair of Cuadrilla believes. Now we're told the dash for gas is about energy security and jobs.
As this report shows, the arguments do not stack up in the face of the evidence and PCS is clear that investment in climate jobs - helping to reduce carbon emissions - is vital if we are to seriously address interrelated economic, energy and environmental concerns.
Development of the [North West] region’s abundant renewable energy sources and energy efficiency programmes will create better and greater employment opportunities than this literal race to the bottom for shale. Trade unions need to play a central role if we are to make a just transition to clean energy sources that protect both the jobs and livelihood of working people and the planet we inhabit."
The full press release from Friends of the Earth and a copy of the report can be accessed here.
The fourth national PCS green forum No to austerity - Yes to one million climate jobs took place in Manchester on 22-23 November 2014. The forum was chaired by NEC Vice President Sue Bond.
Attended by over 40 delegates the Forum heard speakers from No Dash for Gas, the Campaign Against Climate Change, World Development Movement (renamed Global Justice Now! in January) and Friends of the Earth. The focus of the 2014 forum was the One Million Climate Jobs campaign.
The Forum elected David Goodwin (HMRC), Austin Harney (MoJ), Jawid Iqbal (DfT), Sue Lloyd (DWP) and Jamie Vincent (CMSOA) to the Green Forum Advisory Group.
This body will support the NEC’s Climate Change and Environment Committee (CCEC) in progressing PCS’ green agenda and play a key role in developing regionally based networks of green reps. A full report of the forum is available from Green@pcs.org.uk.
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