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Barcelona Climate Change talks: Just Transition makes the cut (just)

06 Nov 2009, by in Environment

I have picked up a copy of the latest draft texts this morning at the Barcelona Climate Change talks – the wordings of which will go forward to Copenhagen next month. It was looking really touch-and-go for a while there on the inclusion of our Just Transition framework terminology, but I’m glad to say that thanks to a number of interventions and assurances, including some great support from people at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (and of course sustained lobbying from all parts of our international union delegation), the key language on Just Transition that we wanted to protect lives to fight another day.

In paragraph 9 of the Shared Vision section of the texts, the key phrase has actually been improved. It now refers to:

“ensuring a just transition of the workforce which creates decent work and quality jobs, while seeking the active participation of all stakeholders.”

DECC have been offering some good leadership going into Copenhagen, under their Road to Copenhagen commitments for “a fair, ambitious and above all a binding deal”. But unions and our supporters need to help them keep their focus not just on the topline demands, but the key language of Just Transition, decent work and stakeholder consultation. This translates for us into a place at the top table in Copenhagen.

We can all do our own little bit to back them up by signing up to support Ed’s Pledge – Energy Secretary Ed Miliband’s online campaign for a strong deal at Copenhagen. Give him a click now at

2 Responses to Barcelona Climate Change talks: Just Transition makes the cut (just)

  1. SAAW International
    Nov 7th 2009, 4:04 am

    To whom it may concern,

    In the run up to the Copenhagen climate change conference, it is vital the following information be disseminated to the public as well as to our political leaders.

    A widely cited 2006 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Livestock’s Long Shadow, estimates that 18 percent of annual worldwide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are attributable to livestock….however recent analysis by Goodland and Anhang co-authors of “Livestock and Climate Change” in the latest issue of World Watch magazine found that livestock and their byproducts actually account for at least 32.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, or 51 percent of annual worldwide GHG emissions!

    The main sources of GHGs from animal agriculture are: (1) Deforestation of the rainforests to grow feed for livestock. (2) Methane from manure waste. – Methane is 72 times more potent as a global warming gas than CO2 (3) Refrigeration and transport of meat around the world. (4) Raising, processing and slaughtering of the animal.

    Meat production also uses a massive amount of water and other resources which would be better used to feed the world’s hungry and provide water to those in need.

    Based on their research, Goodland and Anhang conclude that replacing livestock products with soy-based and other alternatives would be the best strategy for reversing climate change. They say “This approach would have far more rapid effects on GHG emissions and their atmospheric concentrations-and thus on the rate the climate is warming-than actions to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy.”

    The fact is that we are being informed of the dangerous path we are on by depending greatly on animal flesh for human consumption. We still have the opportunity to make the most effective steps in saving ourselves and this planet. By simply choosing a plant based diet we can reduce our carbon foot print by a huge amount.

    We are gambling with our lives and with those of our future generations to come. It’s madness to know we are fully aware of the possible consequences but yet are failing to act.

    Promoting a plant based diet to the public is would be the most effective way to curb deforestation, we hope this will be adopted as a significant measure to save the rainforests and protect the delicate ecology.

    Thank you for your consideration.

  2. Guillermo Varela
    Nov 7th 2009, 5:54 am

    “ensuring a just transition of the workforce which creates decent work and quality jobs, while seeking the active participation of all stakeholders.”

    Well…we think that will be more complicate bracketed by Parties now.
    In this reason we extend the our concept.

    UNFCCC Argentinean Delegation