Next steps on climate change

Following last Tuesday’s conference, Congress has just passed three climate change resolutions. ITF education officer Alana Dave reflects on the next steps.

After months and months of preparation, we were ready for the ITF climate change conference. And we were excited! We knew that there would be challenges and difficulties, but we also knew that there were enormous possibilities to mobilise affiliates on this issue.

And we were not disappointed. Almost 400 delegates from 150 affiliates attended. Delegates shared ideas and different opinions from all industrial sections and from all regions. There was a fantastic and stimulating atmosphere – it showed we could be courageous and lead the changes that were necessary in transport and society.

But what now? How do we keep the momentum? How do we continue to develop our ideas and turn them into action?

Here are some immediate thoughts.

Let’s really encourage unions who want to get involved and build a network which can really drive our programme – whether it is doing research on green jobs, producing leaflets that grassroots activists can use, running workshops, or getting involved with other social movements.

The discussion document we produced for the conference is an excellent tool for continuous education.

And we must begin to look very concretely at the reduce-shift-improve framework. This involves

  • Reducing the need for the movement of goods and people
  • Modal shifts to less carbon intensive forms of transport. E.g. can air transport be shifted to high speed rail?
  • Developing new technologies to radically improve energy and fuel efficiency.

The next step is to develop very clear sectoral strategies which can strengthen affiliates in their organising and bargaining.

These are just a few of the possibilities. I cannot wait to get started!

2 Responses to “Next steps on climate change”

  1. Dear Allana Dave, ITF Education Officer,
    Good Day,
    I highly appreciate and admires ITF for having a full day Conference on the issue of Global Warming and Climate Change.
    The discussion paper presented is an excellent one. I have gained a lot from the paper. I am extremely unfortunate that due to non issuance of a french airport transit visa I could not attend the Congress, however, I am pleased to express that the entire ITF 42nd.Congress Meeting is extremely well conducted and deserves highest admiration.
    Meantime, I managed to published an article in a daily esteemed English newspaper “Financial Post”, website on June 25 and 26,2010 and you can view it.Two interviews on TV channels,”Metro One and Waqt and a lecture to our members.
    Assuring you of my fullest & sincere co-operation and support in all ITF activities
    Best regards.
    Fraternally Yours,
    Sheikh Muhammad Iqbal,
    General Secretary, PMNOA.

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