Climate Emergency in Waltham Forest
WALTHAM FOREST Trades Council - an inter-trade-union body of which London Freelance Branch is a member - is holding an online event: "Climate Emergency - Building a Waltham Forest COP26 Coalition" on Thursday 9 September 2021. Speakers include:
- Asad Rehman, Director War on Want, and UK COP26 Coalition
- Delia Mattis, Black Lives Matter and Edmonton Incinerator campaign
- Local Extinction Rebellion Abigail and Alex
- Matt Wrack, General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union
Waltham Forest Trades Council writes:
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations body, has never been clearer, or starker, on the need for action on climate change. In November, world leaders will gather in Glasgow from 31 October to discuss progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But so far, years of meetings have done little to address looming climate catastrophe.
Building power from below is the only way to challenge our governments and demand action that addresses this crisis. On 6 November, activists in Glasgow, across the UK, and globally, will be out on the streets to demand action. In London there will be a demonstration from the Bank of England to Trafalgar square and it needs to be big.
Campaigners in Waltham Forest are making plans for events and protests to help ensure we can get as many people on the streets as possible. But also to ensure we keep up the pressure beyond the COP.
This public meeting is a first step building our Waltham Forest COP26 coalition, discussing ideas for collective action, and developing common demands at the local level. It includes how we link up our many local campaigns on the climate and environment such as the Edmonton incinerator, housing, anti-racism, health, jobs and public services.
The Waltham Forest COP26 coalition consists of local trade unionists and campaigners, Waltham Forest Trades Council, and the WF climate emergency campaign. But it is early in its formation and open to all groups fighting for climate, race, economic and social justice.