Unison Waltham Forest stands in solidarity with the global climate strikers on the 20th of September 2019. Millions will walk out of workplaces, schools and homes to join young climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels.
In 1751, at the start of the industrial revolution, global carbon dioxide emissions were about 11 million tonnes per year. By 2017 this had risen to 36.15 billion tonnes per year, most of which comes from burning coal, oil and gas. The year to May 2019 saw the second highest increase in carbon dioxide emissions for the last six decades. Yet the Paris Climate Agreements says that if global temperature increases are to be kept within 1.5 degrees this century, then carbon emissions must peak soon and then decline. There seems little indication that this will happen. Therefore, despite the resolutions that have been made in this country and elsewhere, it is critical that concerned individuals, groups, and our trade union movements keep pushing on this issue in order that the necessary actions are brought about.
Our planet is dying. It is an emergency. We must act now! We demand climate justice for everyone.