Confronting the Climate Crisis
Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)
London, United Kingdom
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.
At the same time, 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.
Speakers include: Professor Kevin Anderson, Deputy Director of the Tynedale Centre for Climate Change Research; Dr. Richard Allan, Reader in Climate Science, University of Reading; Dr. Michael Tsamados (Centre for Polar Observation & Modelling, University of Reading); Manuel Cortes, General Secretary, TSSA; Chris Baugh, Deputy General Secretary, PCS; Dave Green, FBU; Suzanne Jeffrey, Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union group; Andreas Ytterstad, Union of Concerned Scientists (Norway) and author of Norwegian One Million Climate Jobs report; Kirtana Chandrasekaran, FoE; Graham Petersen, UCU; John McDonnell MP; Joan Walley MP; Philip Pearson, UCU; Will Duckworth, Dep. Leader Green Party (All speakers in personal capacity)
Conference hosted by London Metropolitan University UCU and Climate Action Group, supported by TSSA & PCS.