Saturday, 21 March 2015

Earth Hour 2015 and the importance of a global climate deal in Paris

Earth Hour 2015 takes place next Saturday, 28 March, and is a reminder of the importance of a global climate deal in Paris in December.

UNISON Scotland is a strong supporter of WWF’s Earth Hour campaign.

Each year Earth Hour sees the lights go out on countless famous buildings and in ordinary homes around the world to raise awareness of the need for action on climate change.

In Paris in December 2015 United Nations talks take place with the aim of securing a strong international agreement to cut carbon emissions and protect the future of the planet.

This week the International Trade Union Confederation issued the results of a global poll showing support for stronger government action.

And a new ITUC briefing explains the importance of the Paris talks and a Just Transition to a low carbon economy.

Scottish political leaders have backed Earth Hour, as usual. But the Scottish Government has missed three climate change emissions reduction targets already, despite proudly boasting of Scotland’s world leading legislation.

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland is asking supporters to lobby First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to deliver the action needed to meet the Scottish Act’s targets and to work for a strong global deal this year.

As the ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said: “We know the science is unequivocal. Without urgent and ambitious action we will face a temperature rise of 4ÂșC or more this century and irreversible changes in our climate.”

Climate change is a trade union issue and there are no jobs on a dead planet.

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