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21 Jan 2017

Conference - ‘Climate Refugees’- The Climate Crisis and Population Displacement: Building a Trade Union and Civil Society Response


Conference - ‘Climate Refugees’- The Climate Crisis and Population Displacement: Building a Trade Union and Civil Society Response
Organised by the Campaign against Climate Change and Friends of the Earth, supported by FBU, UCU, TSSA, CWU, PCS, NUT, Unite, Unison, International Trade Union Confederation, Stand Up to Racism, JCWI, Global Climate Jobs and BARAC UK
Saturday 11th February 2017, 10.30-16.45 (Registration from 09.30)
Climate change is devastating peoples’ lives and livelihoods and whole economies, and is a growing concern to trade unions for whom effective responses are now a fundamental issue of justice - economic, employment and income security. Yet people displaced from their homes have no legal status in international law, and are vilified as 'economic migrants'. The overwhelming majority are given safe haven by other poor countries, whilst in the West, racism and xenophobia are leading to demands for more walls and fences.
‘Climate Refugees’ - The Climate Crisis and Population Displacement: Building a Trade Union and Civil Society Response is supported by trade unions and environmental, refugee and human rights campaigns. It will include expert briefings, and new evidence of the impact of climate change on human security. We aim to dispel myths about refugees, debate the need for the need for a global response based on justice and solidarity including the need for legal protection for those being displaced by the climate crisis, and discuss how we can build a powerful movement that can demand stronger government leadership on this fundamental issue.
Venue: NUT Conference Centre, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, EuNational ston, London

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