Confronting the Climate Crisis conference

13 May 2013

Dr Richard Allan, Reader in Climate Science at University of Reading, and Sue Ferns, Director confronting the climate crisisof Communications and Research at the Prospect trade union are the latest confirmed speakers taking part in the “Confronting the Climate Crisis” conference on June 8th at London Metropolitan University.


Richard Allan is one of the three climate scientists speaking in the morning session on “How serious is the climate crisis and how could it affect us? A briefing for trade unionists”.  Sue Ferns is the TUC General Council lead on the environment and sustainable development and co-chair of the Trade Unions Sustainable Development Advisory Committee (TUSDAC). She will make the opening address.


The conference has been organised by the Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Group and has the backing of six national unions. The latest details of speakers, sessions and workshops are given below.


As you’ll see, this is an exciting and important conference with speakers that include leading trade unionists, MP’s and national and international environmental campaigners. There will be time in the workshops to ask questions, share experiences, and contribute to the discussion about building a united movement to influence Government policy and press for the creation of climate jobs.


Don’t miss the opportunity to be there. Space is limited and to be sure of a place you should REGISTER NOW at WWW.CLIMATETRADEUNION.EVENTBRITE.COM. Alternatively you can send your details (including return address) with a cheque made payable to Campaign against Climate Change, to Martin Empson, 611 Canon Green Court, West King Street, Salford, M3 7HB.


You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for our campaign updates. Help to generate interest in the conference by tweeting your comments using the hash-tag #ctcc2013.



CACCTU Conference, 11.00am – 5.00pm, June 8th 2013, London Metropolitan University


Opening plenary: How serious is the climate crisis and how could it affect us? A briefing for trade unionists. Speaker – Prof Kevin Anderson, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research



1.       The melting Arctic: what will it mean?  Speaker – Dr Michel Tsamados, Research Associate, Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling, Reading University (pc)

2.       Weird weather: is this the new normal? – Speakers: Dr Richard Allan, Reader in Climate Science, University of Reading; Dave Green, FBU national officer for floods

3.       Climate change: the threat to agriculture and food supply. Speakers – Kirtana Chandrasekaran (Food Sovereignty Programme Co-ordinator, Friends of the E arth International); Suzanne Jeffery (Chair, CACCTU)


Second Plenary: Fighting climate change and for climate jobs, internationally & locally

Speakers –Andreas Ytterstad (Chair, Union of Concerned Scientists, Norway); Dr Lara Skinner (Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, USA); Martin Empson (One Million Climate Jobs Campaign); Ewa Jasiewicz (No Dash for Gas). Speakers from South African TU’s and Canadian indigenous movement linked through Skype.



4.       Fighting for climate jobs in the unions. Speaker – Chris Baugh (Assistant General Secretary, PCS )

5.       Uniting trade unions with community campaigns. Speakers – Graham Petersen (UCU  Environment Co-ordinator/ Co-ordinator Greener Jobs Alliance); Peter Robinson (Jobs and Climate Alliance); Jane Thomas (Senior England Campaigner, Friends of the Earth)

6.       Changing the Government’s climate policy. Speakers – Joan Walley MP (Chair, House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee); John McDonnell MP.


Closing Plenary: Countering austerity – the fight for climate jobs (“Question Time” panel format). Panellists: Manuel Cortez (General Secretary, TSSA); Suzanne Jeffery (Chair, CACCTU); Chris Baugh (PCS); Jonathan Stevenson (Fuel Poverty Action); Joan Walley MP; Will Duckworth (Deputy Leader, Green Party).

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