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NUJ backs climate campaign

staff, reps and activists gather outside union HQ in London  -  © NUJ

20 September 2019

The NUJ joined millions of trade unionists and climate activists around the world today in urging world leaders to put climate justice at the top of their agenda as global action kicks off to mark climate action week on 20-27 September.

As workers and activists organise a week of action ahead of the UN summit on climate change on 23 September, the IFJ  and its affiliates, including the NUJ, are demanding climate justice by challenging the economic order to make it a better world for all citizens.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"I am proud to take part in the global action today, and it’s great so many NUJ members are supporting the campaign in their work as journalists or as members of society. This is one of the most pressing issues of our time and our political leaders must take urgent action to tackle the climate crisis."

Anthony Bellanger, IFJ general secretary, said:

"Journalists have a key role to play in telling the truth about climate change. As unions we also need to remind world leaders that only climate justice can ensure a just transition and a sustainable future for everyone. We cannot rely on hypothetical promises, we need world governments to adopt and respect a proper plan of action. Now."

To mark the world week of climate action the IFJ has suggested unions, media workers and trade unionists can:

  • put pressure on politicians to adopt concrete economic policies that put the public interest first
  • ask media employers to reflect and adopt internal policies and editorial guidelines to tackle climate change and tell the truth
  • demand that companies take urgent action to cut greenhouse gas emissions
  • start a conversation with media employers about their plans to climate-proof jobs and working environment as well as editorial lines that aim at telling the truth about climate change.

In the UK, media outlets from the Hackney Gazette to The Economist have taken action to address climate change.  NUJ members at the Guardian organised a lunch walk out of the newsroom.

Climate tweet

Tags: , climate change, campaign, ifj