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Oct. 24 is the International Day of Action on Climate Change. CUPE urges members to take part either at the main event in Ottawa or at any of dozens of events across Canada.

Climate change was front and centre at our recent National Convention. For example, the new Strategic Directions Program for 2009-2011 calls on CUPE to: “strengthen our capacity to lobby governments to take more aggressive actions to meet Kyoto and other environmental targets as they may be established at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen.”

This is exactly what October 24 is all about. People from around the world will call on their governments to take action on climate change to strike an agreement in Copenhagen in December that will put the world on a path to greatly reduced greenhouse gas emissions and an equitable, low-carbon future where good green jobs abound.

On October 24, millions of people around the world will stand in solidarity to demand a sustainable future. CUPE should stand shoulder to shoulder with our colleagues from within the labour movement, community groups, social justice groups, Aboriginal rights groups, environmental organizations and all citizens of the world who want progressive action on climate change.