The third Newsletter of the TUC London, East & South East Region Environmental Sustainability and Just Transition Network can be downloaded here…
- Cop Out 26 – A response from the Global South
- Edmonton Incinerator Update
- Walthamstow Mall towers too tall to be green
- Redevelopment of the Holloway Prison Site
- Green Jobs and Skills in London
- Greener Jobs Alliance – insulation special issue
- Unions in Yorkshire and the Humber – partners in the climate transition?
- Greenwash: Oil industry promotes carbon capture fantasy
- Stop the Silvertown Tunnel
- COP26 – One Step Forward, Two Steps Back – London Hazards Centre
- In Wet’suwet’en territory, Indigenous land defenders and their supporters are fighting to save their ancestral land from the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline
The Police Crime Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill gives the police increased powers to stop and search which will impact disproportionately on Black youth. The sections of the Bill restricting the rights of travellers include provisions that would criminalise the way of life of Gypsy and Traveller communities.
The specific provisions relating to protest propose increasing the powers of the police to place conditions on the right to public processions and assemblies but without detailing what those conditions might be. They introduce a new consideration for the police to take into account, the level of noise. This requires the police to determine whether the level of noise is such that it could cause “serious disruption to the activities of an organisation which are carried on in the vicinity of the procession” or such that there may be a relevant or significant “impact” on persons in the vicinity. The very nature of peaceful protest is that it is noisy – whether through chanting, shouting, or Samba / drumming /musical support.… Read on ...
There is a big push on to stop the seven North London Waste Authority boroughs awarding a contract to the one sole remaining bidder, Acciona to build a larger incinerator at Edmonton instead of agreeing to the ‘pause and review” that pretty much everyone is asking for now. The next vote to progress this will take place at the NLWA meeting on 16 December and there is a huge push back on this.
Demo during Environmental Scrutiny Panel 17.45 at Enfield Civic Centre, EN1 6XA,
Demo at WF council meeting 19.00 -20.00 at Waltham Forest Town Hall, E17 4JF
Our branch’s motion to UCU Congress was composited with others and passed
Votes in favour 220
Votes against 4
Registered abstentions 4
The COP26 talks in Glasgow in November 2021 come at a crucial time. According to a recent report by the Environment Agency, climate change is hitting the ‘worst case scenario’. This means hotter temperatures, more extreme weather conditions, drought, famine, ecosystem destruction, biodiversity loss and much more. And as always it will be communities in the Global South who feel the worst impacts.
While we welcome any action to deal with the climate crisis, we need to beware false solutions that focus on the market or billionaires to rescue us. That is why the mobilisations for the COP26 – in Glasgow and in local towns and cities – are crucial. And it is important that trade unions are at the heart of these mobilisations, calling for climate justice, a just transformation for workers and one million climate jobs.… Read on ...
The first Newsletter of the TUC London, East & South East Region Environmental Sustainability and Just Transition Network can be downloaded here..
- Silvertown Tunnel – Stop Digging
- Students and workers of the world unite – there is no planet B
- Book Review: Andreas Malm, Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming
- CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE CARIBBEAN
- RMT statement on report that green energy will be main source of offshore employment by 2030
- The Case for the Renewal of North London Waste Authority Edmonton Incinerator
- Opposing the Rebuild of the Edmonton Incinerator
- Diary of Events
The North London Waste Authority (NLWA), on behalf of the seven north London boroughs, plans to replace the current incinerator with a new, much bigger version which will burn rubbish that could otherwise be recycled. The toxic pollution, including tiny particle pollution, from this new incinerator will harm everyone who lives, works and studies nearby. The waste incinerator sits in one of the poorest areas of the country, where air pollution already breaches legal limits. UK waste incinerators are three times more likely to be in deprived areas.
The incinerator is an environmental disaster. Waste incinerators currently release an average of around 1 tonne of CO2 for every tonne of waste incinerated. The release of CO2 from incinerators makes climate change worse and comes with a cost to society that is not paid by those incinerating waste. Over the next 30 years, the total cost to society of fossil CO2 released by UK’s current incinerators will equate to more than £25 billion pounds of harm arising from the release of around 205 million tonnes of fossil CO2.… Read on ...
- A Zero Covid strategy is an alternative to the chaotic policy of “living with the virus”, with its on-off lockdowns, needless deaths and illnesses, failed, privatised services, and damage to livelihoods.
- This requires a lockdown until cases are low enough for a publicly run Test, Trace and Support system to locate the remaining cases.
- Making a lockdown effective requires financial support and resources to empower collective discipline and social solidarity rather than crude police enforcement.
- Only workplaces with Covid Safe certification should be allowed to open until it is safe for restrictions to be lifted. Until cases are low enough, all non-essential workers should be supported to stay at home. The HSE must undertake effective enforcement
- To prevent transmission from international travel, hotel quarantine must be provided for everyone who travels to Britain.
- We encourage members to participate in the ZERO COVID campaign
Conference recognises that a zero-carbon economy has huge implications for the jobs of UCU members. Job creation and measures needed to meet climate targets must be a central focus for UCU strategy. We call upon the NEC to:
- Support the COP26 coalition. Mobilise for Glasgow and G7 events by supporting branches climate solidarity action with students, unions, and campaign organisations
- Review UCU activity and infrastructure and draw up a plan for the elimination of greenhouse gas emissions with a progress report to the 2022 conference
- Review all UCU training programmes and Branch guidance to ensure that the appointment of Green Reps and Green New Deal (GND) bargaining is referenced.
- Provide guidance to branches on engagement with local and regional authorities around green jobs and skills
- Establish a Climate Action Network with a formal role in UCU structure
- Support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill Alliance