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Green UNISON Day 2019 – Friday 20 September

By UNISON, Sep 18 2019 01:41PM

UNISON Scotland has led the way in taking forward issues relating to global warming and climate change, both within UNISON and the wider trade union movement in Scotland. As General Secretary Dave Prentis said in June: “The climate crisis is the greatest single threat humanity faces”.

Since last year’s first Green UNISON Day, the importance of climate change has risen right up the political agenda: we have seen governments declare climate emergencies and there’s been a huge rise in protests such as Extinction Rebellion and the school students’ strikes for action on climate change.

This year’s Green UNISON Day is taking place on Friday 20 September to show solidarity with the school student climate strike movement – which is planning a week of activities across the globe from 20-27 September. This time the school climate strikers are calling on adults to join them for their day of action to send a message to governments that can’t be ignored.

Information on where student strikes are taking place can be found on their web-page - https://climatestrike.scot/ or events page: www.facebook.com/syclimatestrike/

For further information from UNISON on this important topic, follow this link - https://unison-scotland.org/green-unison-day-20-september-we-must-act-on-the-climate-emergency/

and UNISON events page - https://www.facebook.com/greennetworkunisonscotland/

If you want to take action on climate, but can’t join one of the strikes on Friday, then you could support UNISON’s campaign for local government pension funds to disinvest from fossil fuels by sending an email to the Chair of the Falkirk Pension Fund – see below. Your local UNISON branch will also be writing to relevant officers involved in our pension fund, who must already be feeling the pressure as they took a whole page out of 4 to explain their position in the July newsletter.

If you do email the Falkirk LGPS, please copy us in or let us know so we can monitor effectiveness of this call for action.

Send your e-mail (sample below) to adannab.mccue@falkirk.gov.uk:

Dear Councillor McCue

I am concerned about climate change that is happening now and as a member of Falkirk Council Pension Fund I believe it is morally and financially misguided that our pension funds are invested in companies dedicated to finding and burning more oil, gas and coal.

I call on my Pension Fund to adopt a policy of divestment from fossil fuels.

Signed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Copy to - Stirling UNISON Branch e-mail address thomsonl34s@stirling.gov.uk

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