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Trade union action points ahead of Copenhagen

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Environmental issues feature all too rarely on this blog, but I’ve been prompted to put fingers to keyboard today by a series of e-mails that have dropped into my inbox over the last few days and which could individually all benefit from a bit more publicity.

Firstly, Stop Climate Chaos is holding an event in London on Saturday 5 December called The Wave – a series of events including a march and rally in support of a low carbon future, starting at 10 am and culminating in a circling of the Houses of Parliament. Blue gloves are required for the latter – an action symbolic of the threat that faces the UK if climate change is not tackled and the UK comes more closely to resemble the winter temperatures appropriate to this latitude. Stop Climate Change Scotland is also holding a mirror Wave event in Glasgow.

Secondly, the European Trades Union Congress will be participating in Copenhagen in support of its view of the need for a sustainable environment. You can read – and view – more about the ETUC’s approach here. Closer to home, the TUC’s Brendan Barber spoke meaningfully on green awareness as a way out of the recession at the TUC’s Post-Crisis conference last month while Philip Pearson has a series of thoughtful posts on Copenhagen over at ToUChstone.

Thirdly, HOPE not hate are organising an online petition following the news that BNP leader Nick Griffin is to attend the summit. The HOPE not hate petition is intended to point out to Copenhagen representatives that Griffin does not represent the UK people and that Griffin’s attendance is not symptomatic of a concern for the environment but to propound the latest BNP stance that environmentalism somehow represents an ‘anti-white hate guiltfest’.

If you do nothing else in support of Copenhagen, the sight of Griffin jumping on one bandwagon – a ‘global Marxist mantra’ designed to ‘impose a one world government’ indeed – ought to be more than enough to convince you of the need to take a much closer interest in environmental issues henceforward.

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Written by Calvin

03/12/2009 at 2:32 pm

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