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.
This Conference 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.
Diana Holland - Deputy General Secretary, Unite
Professor Joanna Haigh - Co-Director of the Grantham Institute at Imperial Colleague
Dave Green National Officer - Fire Brigades Union
Asad Rehman - Senior Campaigner, Friend of the Earth
Chidi King - Director of Equalities , International Trade Union Confederation
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