From the TUC

“Bad signal for the planet”

17 Nov 2009, by in Environment

With chances of a binding Copenhagen agreement receding fast, the international trade union movement has called on governments to go to Copenhagen ready to make decisions that will put the world on an unequivocal path to a low-carbon future.

ITUC General Secretary Guy Ryder said today:

“The science shows clearly that the longer we wait, the higher the human, environmental and economic costs will be. We need governments to make ambitious commitments which will set in stone the core elements of a treaty that must be completed as a matter of urgency. This means legally-binding targets on emissions and longer-term financing to assist developing countries to adapt, as well as ’just transition’ strategies to deal with the social and employment dimensions.”

The ETUC also said today: “Putting off the signature of a treaty under discussion for months would be a bad political signal for the planet and would seriously burden future generations.”

The ITUC statement to the Summit, also released today, sets out the international trade union movement’s position in detail, emphasising the need for creation of green and decent jobs, through investment in new low-carbon production and services and measures to reduce the carbon footprints of existing industries.

The ITUC platform was developed through an exhaustive 18-month process of negotiation involving trade unions from every part of the world, and reflects the concerns and proposals of working people from developing and industrialised countries.

“The world simply cannot afford further delays in action to avoid catastrophic climate change. Political leadership is critically important at this juncture, and unless momentum is regained, the world will pay a heavy price,” said Ryder.