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From 14 February, build towards COP26

Published on: Wed, 19/02/2020 - 11:31
Author

Cathy Nugent

The latest round of climate strikes, on Friday 14 February, the first of 2020, marked a year since thousands of school students first walked out to protest at political inaction on climate change.

This round of walkouts was smaller, but the underlying political commitment is still strong. As the year progresses and in the run up to COP26 in Glasgow (9-19 November) the movement is likely to expand again.

Around 1000 people, a mix of older school students, parents with younger school students, and a range of other people attended a demonstration in London, marching through Parliament Square.

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First climate strike of 2020

Published on: Wed, 12/02/2020 - 12:04
Author

Misha Zubrowski

February 14 will see the first youth climate strike in the UK in 2020, the first since December’s general election.

Tens of thousands of young people and students, from dozens of locations across the UK, will hit the streets to demand meaningful action on climate change.

Climate change gets more urgent every day that passes, and the necessity of a large and bold climate movement is only more starkly drawn under a strengthened hard-right government led by a climate sceptic. The election has likely dealt a blow to our momentum, but we can rebuild.

We must seek to build the strength, the

Coronavirus and climate change

Published on: Wed, 12/02/2020 - 10:58
Author

Angela Driver

The novel coronavirus originating in Wuhan (2019-nCoV) is a zoonotic disease. It is an infection that has passed from animals to humans.

Humans have not developed immunity to such infections. That in turn means they are often more deadly, and spread rapidly.

According to the World Health Organisation, new zoonotic infections are becoming more frequent because of climate change and other human behaviour.

Zoonotic diseases are more likely to occur when populations of animals and humans that do not normally interact come into contact with each other. Climate change makes this more likely in a

Mobilising for COP26 in Glasgow

Published on: Wed, 05/02/2020 - 12:58
Author

Peter Burton, Dale Street and Misha Zubrowski

About a hundred people attended the “Campaign against Climate Change” (CACC) conference in Glasgow on Saturday 1 February.
There were speakers from a wide variety of different campaigns who spoke in the two sessions aimed at mobilising for COP26 in Glasgow in November this year.

Key themes were 1) how to build for COP26 with a heavy focus on how to get more Trade Unions taking action for Green jobs, 2) a just transition to renewables, and 3) campaigning for Free Public Transport.

Two school student strikers announced future school strike dates. They have received invites to speak at STUC

Recycling is on down trend

Published on: Wed, 29/01/2020 - 12:32
Author

Misha Zubrowski

Resource use has more than tripled over the last half century, while the proportion of the total which has recycled has fallen slightly over recent years.

“The Circularity Gap Report 2020”, published in January 2020, found that the total quantity of resources entering the global economy each year surpassed 100bn tonnes each year in 2017.

2017 is the most recent year for which data is available, one tonne is one thousand kilograms, and one billion is one thousand million. By way of comparison, to fit 100bn tonnes of water into a tank with an area the size of a professional football pitch, the

Labour leader: the contest so far

Published on: Wed, 29/01/2020 - 11:13
Author

Mohan Sen

At the moment at least, I am not supporting any of the candidates for Labour leader. In hustings, I think, activists should ask pointed questions, and ask members to judge the candidates by their responses.

For example, no candidate has yet committed to work for wide democratic reforms in Labour’s still-largely-Blair-made structure. None has backed the Free Our Unions call for them to respect the 2019 Labour conference decision for repeal of all anti-union laws. None has said that they will seek to lead on-the-streets and industrial campaigning against Johnson.

Rebecca Long-Bailey,Salford and

Free Our Unions challenges Labour leadership candidates

Published on: Wed, 29/01/2020 - 09:02
Author

Daniel Randall

The Free Our Unions campaign has made plans to renew its activity in 2020, following an organising meeting in London on 8 January.

It is circulating a new statement, calling for united resistance across the labour movement to the threat of new anti-strike laws.
Signatories include Michelle Rodgers, president of rail union RMT, Ian Hodson, president of the Bakers’ union, UCU general secretary Jo Grady, Labour MPs Nadia Whittome and Clive Lewis, and three RMT branches (Bakerloo, Finsbury Park, and East London Rail).

The Public and Commercial Services union also backed the statement, following a

Fighting climate crises - AWL conference document 2019

Published on: Tue, 21/01/2020 - 21:27
Author

AWL conference 2019 (Jan 2020)

1. The engine driving climate change

§1.1 The first research demonstrating that carbon dioxide released through burning fossil fuels would drive global warming was published well over a century ago, the first government warnings in the 1960s, and the first IPCC report in 1990. Now, the scientific consensus about serious human-driven climatic heating - with far-reaching effects - is over 99%. It is the greatest danger facing both humanity and the success of the socialist project.

§1.2 Beyond global warming, there are several major independent environmental threats. Biodiversity loss and species

Bushfires burn holes in climate change denial

Published on: Wed, 08/01/2020 - 08:51
Author

Janet Burstall and Riki Lane

The current fire season, and drought, in Australia are expected to continue for months.

When the fires do end, rainforests and animal habitats may never regenerate fully, and animal populations may never recover.

The seeds of a socialist political response to climate change might grow out of the opposition to the government, if climate activists can develop a clear set of demands, and broaden support for a just transition.

The world has seen the devastating bushfires in Australia, and the humiliation of Prime Minister Scott Morrison for his failures to lead a government response.

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