Naomi Klein and Jeremy Corbyn join global unions at COP21 event

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is among trade unions meeting at COP21 in Paris tonight to discuss the global climate crisis and the role of unions in addressing it.

Speakers will include social activist and author Naomi Klein and leader of the UK Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn. The ITF is co-sponsoring the event as a member of Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED).

Chair of the ITF's climate justice working group Asbjørn Wahl is heading up the ITF team at COP21. He said: “This is an opportunity for trade unions and their allies to come together and really thrash out what our next steps are on tackling climate change.

“Massive expansion of public transport is one of the most important measures if we want to avoid the devastating and immediate impact of climate change. More investment in sustainable public transport will not only reduce emissions and pollution, it would also create jobs and promote social equality.

“A solution to climate change isn’t a nice to have. There has to be real progress in this area and quickly.”

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The event will take place on Monday 7 December, 6:00pm – 8:30pm (GMT +1 hour) at the Salle Olympe de Gouges in Paris.

Follow coverage on twitter: @ITFglobalunion #COP21 #unions4climate and via the ITF climate change blog

Access more on the work of the ITF and affiliated unions around climate justice.

 

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