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"Half of UK carbon emissions are produced by work activity. Workplaces burn energy, consume resources and generate waste and travel." Greening the Workplace, TUC Workplace Manual 2012

On these pages you'll find news, tips and useful information, campaigns and PCS policy on green issues such as climate change, energy, waste and recycling.

We believe that green or sustainable workplaces should also take on board wider issues such as ethical investment, fair trade and workers' rights.

Find out about green events in your area.

 

Don't Frack Lancs: Defend Lancashire's decision

9 February - Blackpool football club

Cuadrilla is appealing against Lancashire County Council's decision to reject fracking.  On 9 February a public inquiry will open to hear evidence on whether Lancashire's decision should be updheld or overturned by politicians in Westminster.

Friends of the Earth, GreenPeace, Reclaim the Power and This Changes Everything have organised a protest outside the hearing at Blackpool Football Stadium from 9am to 11am.

Please support the protest and defend Lancashire's decision.
 
Arrive 9am to support witnesses inside the inquiry who are defending Lancashire's decision
 
9.30am onwards hear community activists and others speakers - including PCS - opposing fracking and defending LCC's decision
 
11am take part in creative photo-stunt to demonstrate Lancashire's opposition to fracking.
 
Other ways to help

From Climate Rising to The People's Demands

On Saturday 30 January, hundreds packed into the Friends Meeting House in London for the Climate Rising event organised by Friends of the Earth, partnered by PCS and This Changes Everything (UK).

This event was aimed at building the strength of the climate movement, uniting the struggles for environmental, labour and social justice.

Delegates heard from a range of inspiring speakers including PCS assistant general secretary Chris Baugh. Reflecting on the Paris climate talks Chris said this gives us the opportunity to start talking about alternatives such as climate jobs and believe another world is possible.

A panel chaired by Caroline Lucas MP looked at the question of where the climate movement goes next. PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka emphasised the need for the trade union and environmental movembet to unite around a comon vision for economic and social justice.

Climate Rising was also about planning what we do next to tackle climate change - arguably the greatest threat facing workers today. Aside supporting many campaigns and green reps in the workplace, in 2016 PCS will continue to work closely with Friends of the Earth and This Changes Everything UK to unite our movements. 

As part of this event on 30 January we launched the People's Demands project.  Over the coming months we will be working to bring together many different groups and individuals to create a shared set of demands for a more just and sustainable economy.

To find out more and get involved - visit The Peoples Demands website. thepeoplesdemands.org 

Or contact sam@pcs.org.uk  

 

Climate change is a trade union issue

Hear PCS Assistant General Secretary Chris Baugh explain why climate change is a trade union issue: Radio Labor Interview Duration 10' 46".

Chris Baugh

 

 

 

 

 

PCS is part of a growing movement demanding economic, social and environmental justice for workers and communities to a unionised low carbon economy. 

The People's Demands is one way to get involved on climate issues but there are many others: at the workplace becoming a green rep, raising through trades councils and anti-cuts groups, attending meetings and joining local campaigns.

To find out more about PCS's Green work and to sign-up to the PCS green e-news bulletin email  green@pcs.org.uk.

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