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End the causes of Climate Change – a Call for Urgent Action and Solidarity Motion.
- The Earth’s temperature has already risen by 1 degree above pre-industrial levels. The IPCC report last autumn warned that we only have 12 years to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degrees. Carbon emissions need to be cut by 45% by 2030, and reach zero carbon by 2050 in order to avoid a dangerous tipping point.
- Air Pollution is the number one cause of deaths from environmental impacts resulting in the premature deaths of 40,000 citizens and an economic cost of £54 billion.
- The UK Government has been taken to the European Court by Client Earth over its failure to act on illegal air pollution levels and the Government has lost its case which means it must now act.
- A large number of our members work outdoors and are regularly exposed to air pollution.
- The tremendous impact of the school students strikes in shifting government complacency over climate change forcing them to amend the 2008 Climate Change act.
- Greta Thunberg’s call for a climate strike and for adults and workers to join the global school students strike on the 20th September which will begin a week of action on climate.
- The solidarity strikes organised by trade unions in Belgium and France.
- Climate change is a trade union issue.
- Our members have the right to work in a safe environment and for any associated risks to be mitigated.
- Our Council needs to do more to protect our members in the face of the Climate Emergency.
- More broadly the future of our planet is at risk if we don’t organise now to force governments’ to cut emissions in line with the IPCC report.
- That taxing the very wealthy and closing tax loopholes in line with Labour Party manifesto commitments will meet the cost of cutting emissions by 50%.
- That we must keep the pressure up. The school students have led the way but the trade union movement as a whole must now act to ensure that they don’t fight alone.
- To commits the branch into entering urgent negotiations with Barnet Council and other employers in order to identify the following:
- The risks to the health and wellbeing of workers regularly exposed to air pollution.
- What measures/protection can be put in place to mitigate the hard of air pollution?
- What health checks can be made available to workers regularly exposed to air pollution?
- The branch contacts our union to ascertain any possible legal claims for injury at work as a result of regular expose to air pollution.
- To back the call for a climate strike on 20 September
- To support the call by the UCU for the TUC to organise a 30 minute workday solidarity stoppage to coincide with the global school student strike on the 20th
- To call upon our national executive to support the UCU’s motion at this year’s TUC congress calling for a 30 minute workday stoppage.
- For our branch to argue for and call a stoppage on the 20th September and for our branch to campaign for the maximum possible show of solidarity with school students 20th