‘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 the TUC, FBU, TSSA, CWU, PCS, NUT, Unite, Unison, Stand Up to Racism & BARAC UK
In the last six years over 140 million people were forced to move because of climate and weather related disasters: droughts, harvest failures and devastating storms. Our warming planet is driving long-term environmental damage and sudden catastrophes and exacerbating existing global inequalities. The UN believes that 300 million people could be displaced from their homes by the middle of this century. “Extreme weather events” are an existential threat: Hurricane Sandy inundating New York City. Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, killing over 6,000 people and destroying millions of jobs. Drought, water scarcity and agricultural crises in Somalia, Darfur, Syria and sub-Saharan Africa. Wildfires raging through Fort McMurray, Canada. And flooded cities in the UK.
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.
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.
Climate Refugees conference: Introduction & memorial for Ken Montague https://youtu.be/f3bKU9_XqDc
Climate Refugees conference: Professor Joanna Haigh, FRS https://youtu.be/q-XyI8VGbPw
Climate Refugees conference: Harjeet Singh (via skype) https://youtu.be/_nZNLDsx_BU
Climate Refugees conference: Diane Holland, Deputy Secretary General, UNITE https://youtu.be/cPsr5d8GYno
Climate Refugees conference: Asad Rehman FoE https://youtu.be/gvydhRDP56o
Climate Refugees conference: Questions and discussion: The Climate Crisis and Population Displacement https://youtu.be/o5c1ZVzhxeI
Climate Refugees conference: Zak Cochrane – Stand Up To Racism https://youtu.be/zJvYrJSPQLM
Climate Refugees conference: Chidi King, ITUC https://youtu.be/GK_vASy1Tck
Climate Refugees conference: Zita Holbourne, , PCS, BARAC https://youtu.be/v3yFewwj_Ik
Climate Refugees conference: Asad Rehman FoE (2) https://youtu.be/rNby7R01THM
Building a trade union and civil society response: Questions and discussion https://youtu.be/ctmyKeCiEwQ
Climate Refugees: the next steps https://youtu.be/9QAYxfGYMu8