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Nationwide Tour to Promote Climate Jobs
Climate Jobs Caravan in Birmingham on Tuesday 15th May
The Climate Jobs Caravan will be visiting Birmingham on 15th May. It will form part of a tour of Britain taking in 25 towns and cities across the country (1) to promote climate jobs. The ambitious tour, organized by the trade union arm of the Campaign against Climate Change, starts in London and Edinburgh on 12th May. Throughout the tour there will be meetings, exhibitions and publicity stunts. The tour has the support of a number of trade unions plus national bodies such as the Quakers.
The van will be at Bristol Road South (opposite Boots), Northfield, as guests of Northfield EcoCentre, between 12.00pm and 12.30pm and then at St Philips Cathedral on Temple Row, Birmingham B3 from 2.00pm to 6.00pm.
This will be followed by a public meeting in the Council House (committee Rooms 3 and 4)in Victoria Square, Birmingham, at 7.00pm (9.00pm finish) to hear local and national speakers from a number of campaigns.
These will include John Stewart, Chair of the Campaign Against Climate Change and Hanna Thomas, the Director of the East London Green Jobs Alliance (2) and will be chaired by Chris Crean of Friends of the Earth.
The message of the tour will be simple: the creation of climate jobs can help solve both the economic and climate crises. It will be promoting jobs in areas like public transport, home insulation and renewable energy. (You may want to add a concrete example from your own area). It will argue that one million climate jobs could be created, cutting CO2 emissions by 80% (3). It will be calling for the Government to set up a National Climate Service (NCS) to invest in climate jobs.
Suzanne Jeffery, Chair of the Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Group, said, “Investing in climate jobs would be a win-win situation. It would help solve both the economic and environmental crises. With 2.5 million people unemployed and climate change threatening the future of our planet, we are dismayed that the Government is refusing to seriously invest in climate jobs.”
Notes for Editors
(1). For a list of towns and cities, see map below. Contact details for each area and information about events as they are finalised can be found on our local groups page and on the Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Group website.
(2) East London Green Jobs Alliance (http://greenjobsalliance.org.uk/), a coalition of trade unions, NGOs, community based organisations and green businesses working together to create green and decent jobs for people and particularly young people in East London.
(3). Based on the booklet Million Climate Jobs report, compiled by the Campaign against Climate Change Union Group with the assistance of the CWU, PCS, TSSA & UCU trade unions
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12 May – London
13 May – Coventry
14 May – Cardiff
15 May – Birmingham
16 May – Cambridge
17 May – Norwich
18 May – Oxford
21 May – Southampton
22 May – Portsmouth
23 May – Brighton
24 May – Redhill
25 May – London