Union leaders call for firm G7 action against the climate crisis

Banner saying 'Treat the Climate Crisis as a crisis'

Union leaders have joined other campaigners to demand firm climate-action commitments from the G7. This comes ahead of its summit in Cornwall between 11 and 13 June.

An open letter, which trade unionist network The Greener Jobs Alliance organised, says the G7 nations:

are responsible for
– the lions share of historical carbon emissions
– and are still investing over $100 billion a year into coal, gas and oil.

And it calls on the G7 to meet the following commitments “if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate breakdown”:

– single mindedly going flat out for domestic transition to sustainability, but also to
– stop financing and subsidising fossil fuels and
– pay its dues to the international community; including the $100 billion a year pledged at Copenhagen for the developing world to cope both with immediate climate impacts and to develop without fossil fuels and
– seek global co-operation not conflict.

Signatories include the general secretaries of the National Education Union (NEU), University and College Union (UCU), Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA), Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), and Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU).

Joining them are representatives of student groups Students Organising for Sustainability UK, the National Union of Students, Union of Students in Ireland, Fridays for Future Scotland, and the UK Student Climate Network.

Main article image via John Englart