Mobilise for UN Climate talks in Copenhagen, December 09

The mobilisation for the CCC/SCC London demo on 5 
December and the presence in Copenhagen for the UN Climate Talks the  following week-end, should begin in earnest amongst trade unions. Try to get this resolution passed through your union branch.

“This meeting believes that the current world crisis cannot return to ‘business as usual’ because of the urgent need to prevent catastrophic climate change. No previous model for tackling recession has had to operate in this stark context.

Far too little change is being made to reduce carbon emissions. Governments are prioritising an as yet fruitless attempt to revive their respective banking sectors.

We need a just, global and collectivised transition from a greed economy to a green economy. Sustainability rather than profit should be the hallmark of success.

This requires government investment in green industries such as renewable energy, insulation of all homes and workplaces, re-skilling of workers and research into further technological development. This will create or save tens of thousands of jobs at a time when many workers are concerned for their future.

We believe that the United Nations Climate Talks in Copenhagen from 7 to 18 December 2009 could be our last chance to secure such a democratic commitment, before our planet’s ecology destabilises irreversibly.

We call on the national bodies of all TUC affiliates, and the TUC itself, to support a demonstration in London on Saturday 5 December 2009, and mobilise for an international workers’ presence throughout the Copenhagen talks, especially on 12 December.

We ask all such bodies to work with Stop Climate Chaos (www.stopclimatechaos.org) and the Campaign Against Climate Change (www.campaigncc.org) in planning and preparing for these events.”

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