Climate change in the wake of the disappointing Durban talks at COP 17 will be front and centre at CUPE Local 2626’s Climate Change Conference at the University of Ottawa. The event will take place Wednesday, February 15,from 7 to 9 p.m. at the University of Ottawa Alumni Theatre in the Jock Turcot Building. This is a free event open to the public.
Trade union activists, students, and others will discuss Canada’s role in fighting climate change, despite the fact the current federal government has been obstructing progress internationally toward reaching a new binding treaty to cut greenhouse gases to slow climate change.
Nicole Aitken, CUPE 2626 Health and Safety and Environmental Officer, sees climate change as a core trade union issue.
“Unions are always working to develop progressive change – on working conditions, health and safety issues, and equality. Climate change issues link strongly to union policies on international development. Climate change is a global issue that will impact the quality of life of all people. As unionists, it is important to speak out for workers everywhere in the fight for social and environmental justice. It has never been more urgent than right now to strengthen the link between sustainable workplaces and sustainable jobs,” says Aitken.
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