Conference 2010 Model Resolution

Get you branch to support this conference by putting our model resolution.

This branch recognises:

· That Climate Change is an issue of enormous concern. Latest scientific evidence shows that the world is warming faster than expected.

· The changing climate will lead to more flooding, droughts, famine and hurricanes across the globe affecting the poorest in society first and greatest across the globe.

· The Copenhagen conference failed to agree a response that will do enough to address the problem of climate change.

· Climate Change is a major issue for Trade Unions, many of whom have supported climate events in the last year.

· We need 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 are concerned for their own future employment.#

· The launch of the “Million Climate Jobs” campaign, by the Campaign Against Climate Change, supported by the PCS, CWU, UCU and TSSA unions.

· The Third Trade Union conference on Climate Change taking place on March 13th.

This branch therefore resolves to:

1. Support, publicise and encourage members to attend the third Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Conference (CCCTU) in London on Saturday 13th March 2010.

2. Donate £___ to the organisers towards the cost of the conference and sponsor the CCCTU conference in the name of this Branch.

3. Order ____ copies of the “Million Climate Jobs pamphlet” at £2 each

4. Send our banner to both events.

Please send cheques, payable to “Campaign Against Climate Change” to

 CCC TU conference
c/o Martin Empson
611 Canon Green Court
West King Street
Salford
M3 7HB
 For more information on the CaCC Trade Union group, 
contact Martin 079 585 35 231 
or email climatetradeunion@googlemail.com

Get your branch to support our 2010 conference

Use this model resolution to get your union organisation to support CACCTU’s 2010 conference.

    This branch recognises:

    • That Climate Change is an issue of enormous concern. Latest scientific evidence shows that the world is warming faster than expected.

    • The changing climate will lead to more flooding, droughts, famine and hurricanes across the globe affecting the poorest in society first and greatest across the globe.

    • Climate Change is a major issue for Trade Unions, many of whom have supported climate events in the last year, including the Campaign Against Climate Change (CaCC) Trade Union conference with over 200 delegates.

    • We need 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 are concerned for their own future employment.

    • That this December’s UN Climate Talks in Copenhagen are an important opportunity to secure global, democratic commitments to measures that might avert climate catastrophe, before our planet’s ecology destabilises irreversibly.

    • The Copenhagen talks will be marked by demonstrations across the globe calling on governments to agree concrete action on climate change. In London, the demonstration is called by the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, supported by the Campaign Against Climate Change and the National Union of Teachers.

        This branch therefore resolves to:

        1. Support, publicise and encourage members to attend the demonstration in London on Saturday 5th December.

        1. Support, publicise and encourage members to attend the third Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Conference (CCCTU) in London on Saturday 13th March 2010.

        1. Donate £___ to the organisers towards the cost of the conference and sponsor the CCCTU conference in the name of this Branch.

        1. Send our banner to both events.

          Please send cheques, payable to “Campaign Against Climate Change” to

           

          CCC TU conference

          30 Church Lane

          Prestwich

          Manchester

          M25 1AJ

           

          For more information on the CaCC Trade Union group,

          contact Martin 079 585 35 231

          or email climatetradeunion@googlemail.com

          Tackling Climate Change

          This climate change motion being submitted by Ealing Association to the National Union of Teachers  conference next Easter.

          Conference congratulates the work done by union officials on the basis of existing policy by, amongst other things,  supporting protests called by the Campaign Against Climate Change,  securing a joint-union fund from DEFRA to train workplace ‘green reps’ and organising NUT training days. We also recognise the many steps being taken by members in schools to both educate young people about the causes of and threats from catastrophic climate change, as well as taking practical steps to lessen our carbon footprint. 

          Conference welcomes the Save Vestas campaign during the summer of 2009 which saw the environmental and trade union movements working closely together for the first time, as a model of unity in action that we want to encourage and see more of in the future.  In particular, the Save Vestas campaign has brought onto the wider agenda the need for collective, class-conscious solutions to the issues. It has also exposed the shallowness of governmental commitment to both renewable energy alternatives, such as wind power, and green job creation, despite the targets set in its Climate Bill.

          However, Conference also believes that the union has to intensify its own work against climate change, in terms of both policy and action, as part of the wider workers’ movement.  

          For example, we need to thoroughly scrutinise the energy solutions being promoted by government such as the switch to bio-fuel production, the reliance on untested Carbon Capture and Storage coal plants, renewed investment in nuclear power and carbon trading. We also need to challenge any reliance on the private sector to create green jobs and develop sufficient energy provision from renewable and carbon-negative means.

          Conference further believes that action on these issues requires the maximum of unity across the trade union and environmental movement, such as at Copenhagen in December 2009.

          Conference therefore instructs the executive to:

          1. Affiliate to the Campaign against Climate Change, and the wider Stop Climate Chaos umbrella organisation.
          2. Develop with such campaigning groups educational materials for schools that teachers can use to teach about the issues underpinning climate change and how to tackle it.
          3. Continue to develop green reps in associations and schools and CPD events that address the full range of issues related to climate change.
          4. Support the call for a million new green jobs and 10% carbon emission reduction by the end of 2010.

          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.”

          Climate change: model union resolution

          Here is the text of a model resolution if you want to get your union branch to support the December 6th climate change demonstration or the Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Conference (CCCTU) in March 2009

          This branch recognises:

          • That Climate Change is an issue of increasing concern, with the latest scientific evidence showing that the world is warming faster than expected.
          • The changing climate will lead to more flooding, droughts, famine and hurricanes across the globe affecting the poorest in society first and greatest across the globe.
          • Climate Change has become a major issue for Trade Unions, many of whom have supported climate events in the last year, including the Campaign Against Climate Change (CaCC) Trade Union conference, where over 300 delegates heard leading Trade Union figures and MPs commit their unions to campaigning over the issue.
          • This December will see the latest in a series of United Nations discussions about a replacement to the Kyoto Agreement, in Poznan, Poland.

          This branch therefore resolves to:
          1) Support, publicise and encourage members to attend the CaCC demonstration in London on Saturday December 6th, calling for immediate concrete government action on climate change.

          2) Support, publicise and encourage members to attend the second Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Conference (CCCTU) in London on Saturday 7th March 2009.

          3) Donate £___ to the organisers towards the cost of the conference.
          4) Sponsor the CCCTU conference in the name of this Branch.

          5) Send our banner to both events.

          Please send cheques, payable to “Campaign Against Climate Change” to

          CCC TU conference
          PO Box 417
          Prestwich
          Manchester
          M45 0AP

          Model Motion in support of the Campaign against Climate Change (CCC)

          This model resolution can be amended for your own organisation.
          This meeting notes:

          1) That the level of Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere is up one third on that of pre-industrial times: a level higher than it has been for at least 400 000 years.

          2) The evidence that human activity is changing the climate is now overwhelming. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts that future greenhouse gas emissions are likely to increase average global temperatures by between 2 C and 6.5 C this century.

          3) That continued global warming threatens to undermine or even reverse human Progress, as flooding, drought, disease and ecological disruption increasingly affects the world’s population. The IPCC notes that the poorest countries will be by far the worst affected by climate change. Ultimately ‘run-away’ climate change threatens a global catastrophe of unimaginable scale.

          4) The contradiction between the Government’s stated aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and its practice of expanding roads and airports.

          5) The devastating impact a proposed third runway at Heathrow Airport would have on local communities as a consequence of increases in air and noise pollution, and on climate change as a result of increased emissions of greenhouse gases.

          This meeting therefore demands that the UK government immediately scraps all plans to build a third runway at Heathrow airport.

          This meeting agrees to:

          1) Affiliate to the Campaign against Climate Change (Affiliation fees: National Unions £250 per annum; Districts and Regions £100 per annum; local branches £25 per annum), and help its work with a further donation of £… (cheques payable to Campaign against Climate Change should be sent to Campaign against Climate Change , Top Floor, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX)

          2) Send a delegation and banner to the National Demonstration against the third runway at Heathrow at 12 noon on Saturday 31st May 2008.

          Aims and Objectives Statement of the Campaign against Climate Change

          The Campaign against Climate Change exists to push for the urgent and radical action we need to prevent the catastrophic destabilisation of global climate. The destabilisation of global climate has become the very greatest threat to our planet and everyone on it – with the possible exception only of all-out war with modern weapons of mass-destruction. We do not know how much irreversible damage we have done already but we know that if we do not act now the effects will be many times more devastating still.

          1/ The CCC exists to secure the action we need – at a local, national and, above all, international level – to minimise harmful climate change and the devastating impacts it will have. To that end the CCC seeks to raise awareness about the gravity and urgency of the threat from climate change and to influence those with the greatest power to take effective action to do so with the utmost speed and resolution. Where ignorance, short term greed and vested interests stand in the way of the action that is urgently needed, the CCC exists to fight against all of these things.

          2/ In particular the CCC brings people together to create a mass movement to push for our goals, including street demonstrations & other approaches.

          3/ The CCC seeks a global solution to a global problem
          and aims to push for an international emissions reductions treaty that is both effective in preventing the catastrophic destabilisation of global climate and equitable in the means of so doing. To be effective such a treaty needs to secure such reductions in the global total of greenhouse gas emissions as are deemed by the broad consensus of qualified scientific opinion to be necessary to prevent harmful climate change. The CCC aims to campaign against those with the greatest responsibility for preventing or delaying the progress we urgently need towards an international climate treaty.

          4/ The CCC recognises that the issue of the destabilisation of global climate has enormous implications in terms of social justice and global inequality. The damage to the earth’s atmosphere has so far been done mainly by the rich nations but it is the poorest who will suffer the greatest and most immediately. The CCC recognises that any solution to the problem must be as fair as possible, incorporating principles of social justice and not exacerbating global and local inequalities

          5/ The CCC aims to bring together as many people as possible who support our broad aims of pushing for urgent action on climate and reducing global emissions. The CCC does not therefore campaign on the important but more detailed questions of how best to achieve these emission reductions and recognises that supporters will have different and deeply held views on these issues.