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Support the fight against climate change

13 September 2019

Students from around the UK and Ireland are taking to the streets on Friday 20 September to demand climate action.

The NUJ supported a motion passed at Britain’s TUC Congress on Tuesday committing the trade union movement to providing support and solidarity and encouraging trade union members to get involved. 

Congress agreed to fight against climate change to help protect the planet for future generations, and to stand up for the workers whose jobs are at risk.

The TUC and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions are fully committed to the international Just Transition statement.

A year ago, Greta Thunberg sparked the climate strike phenomenon with her first solo protest. The cause has now been taken up by millions of young people across the globe.

On Friday 20 September students will be taking part in the Global Climate Strike shortly before the UN emergency climate summit, in order to build support for the ambitious agenda needed to tackle the climate crisis.

Restrictive trade union laws make it very difficult for workers to go on strike, but there are lots of ways you can get involved.

The NUJ is backing the 30-minute workday campaign action, which will kick off a week of action from 20-27 September called by the International Trade Union Confederation.

Many NUJ members will be reporting on events throughout the day. You can also join in by:

  • Campaigning in your workplace, either before or after work, or during your lunch break. Don’t forget to take a photo and share it online #NUJclimate
  • Having a meeting with your boss to talk about ways to make your workplace greener
  • Writing to your MP and seeking their backing for urgent climate action
  • Organise a guest speaker for a lunchtime discussion hosted by your NUJ chapel or branch
  • Get along to local events in your area on the day

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