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Get Set for Green UNISON
Lots going on for the branch to support on the issue of Climate Emergency this Autumn
This September Green UNISON week will give branches and activists the opportunity to discuss and share the union’s work on green public services and build awareness for Cop26 in November in Glasgow.

From 18th – 26th September branches across the UK are organising a week of activities to call for urgent action to tackle climate change. Green UNISON Week also gives members the chance to show support for the school climate strike on 24 September. Find out more about the Fridays for Future youth climate strike on Friday 24 September here

On Wednesday September 22, take part in the biggest global conversation about our future by joining Global Day of Action to Climate and Employment Proof our Work. Sign up to the ITUC Day of Action to Climate and Employment Proof Our Work.

On Thursday 23 September, join the UNISON Green Network webinar. Sign up to our network to receive green updates here and you will automatically receive a link to the webinar. You will also be able to access UNISON resources, including guidance on green bargaining and being a green workplace rep.

UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Green UNISON Week gives young people a global space to demand politicians take seriously the damage being done to our planet and act to save its future.      To support young people’s demand, we’ll be encouraging branches to talk to employers on how they can reduce their own carbon footprints, but more importantly, ensure their employers have a plan to green their workplaces completely. That way we can all begin to make a big difference quickly.”


#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.