#TimeForRealChange invites UNISON members to join a discussion on how to stop the climate catastrophe in the run up to COP26. 7-8.15pm 27th September
Sign up via Evenbrite: https://bit.ly/TFRCcop26
Can COP26 solve the climate emergency?
Speakers (followed by open discussion):
- Camille Barbagallo, COP26 Coalition
- Stuart Graham, Glasgow City UNISON and TU Delegate to COP26 (in a personal capacity)
- Julie Forgan, York City UNISON and Extinction Rebellion activist (in a personal capacity)
The situation is clear. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) latest report is “a code red for humanity”. From flooding across the Europe and wildfires in the US, to droughts across South America and in Iran – the climate crisis is a present-day issue. Across the world, disasters are unfolding and disproportionately effect working class people and minorities.
Despite the science being clear, politicians and big business are simply too slow to react. They are putting their profits over our planet with disastrous consequences. COP26 is taking place in Glasgow this year. Despite the “green revolution” rhetoric, our government is too slow. Zero carbon by 2050 is far too late.
We need action now and our union can play a hugely important role in winning arguments in workplaces and taking action to ensure the changes our planet needs. In order for that to happen, we need to come together and share experience, discuss challenging regressive policies in our union and plan for action to coincide with COP26.
In 2019, Greta Thunberg and the school student strikes sounded the alarm. Coming out of the pandemic, we need to heed their call.
To find out what is happening at the November UN Cop26 in Glasgow and how branches can take part, visit the Cop26 Coalition website, which also provides details of Cop26 Glasgow events from 31 October to 12 November, including UK-wide demonstrations on 6 November. Plymouth has one and they are raising money towards it, donate at https://www.gofundme.com/f/plymouth-hub4cop26?fbclid=IwAR2Uxf29gaqxMiyBaMlHwF0XrkqnTGJ-b8Zu-zOzPFqGJlk3nUbKZ-L0rD4 or attend the benefit 9th October at the Leadworks. Details of the event here https://www.facebook.com/events/3000468190272920
Please join the Plymouth protest, assembling at Plymouth Guildhall Square, Armada Way, assembling from 12midday and marching through the city centre at 1pm to a climate Rally and fair at the Prime Skatepark, Commercial Road, Coxside from 2pm – 5pm. Saturday 6th November.