Climate Change threatens millions around the globe. The most recent studies suggest that without serious action, our future, together with the eco-systems around us, is very bleak.
This December the international community gathers in Copenhagen to discuss a new climate change treaty. At the same time, we are facing what may well be the worst economic crisis since the Second World War.In Britain we face unemployment levels of almost 3 million.
Major demonstrations have been called to coincide with the climate talks. In the UK, these will take place in London and Edinburgh on Saturday 5 December.
Gordon Brown’s government has promised to create green jobs. Yet their proposals are too drawn out. They allowed 600 wind turbine workers at Vestas to lose their jobs this year.
We urgently need investment in green energy, public transport, insulation schemes and the like. This has the potential to create a million green jobs. Instead they bailed the banks out with billions of our money, and already the bankers have returned to greed and bonuses. We need money spent on saving the planet and creating jobs.
The Vestas’ workers struggle shows there is a huge amount of solidarity when it comes to fighting for green jobs.
The Campaign Against Climate Change will be holding a rally in Hyde Park before the main demonstration. We want a huge delegation of trade unionists from across the country to back the call for a million green jobs. We will then join “The Wave” and surround Parliament.
“The Wave” has been called by the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, with the backing of over 100 groups.