ECC's Denise Fairchild to Speak at June 29 Trade Union Climate Summit in NYC

With Pope Francis’s recent encyclical on climate change setting the tone, 100 participants representing 40 unions from 14 countries are expected at the June 29 Trade Union Climate Summit in New York, where ECC President and CEO Denise Fairchild will be a panelist.

Fairchild will join speakers from the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, the Global African news program and the Sierra Club Labor Programs in speaking on the topic Beyond ‘Blockadia’: Building a New ‘Socio-ecological’ Mass Movement. (Blockadia is defined as a place where the future of the environmental movement is being negotiated.)

The climate summit was organized by the recently launched International Program for Labor, Climate & Environment at the Murphy Center, a center of union education and activism affiliated with the City University of New York whose director, Sean Sweeney, is an established voice in the international trade union movement’s effort to address climate change.

Other summit partners include Trade Unions for Energy Democracy and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (Foundation) - New York Offices.

Hosted by 32BJ SEIU, the summit is expected to draw some 25 U.S. unions representing workers in energy, nursing and health care, public transport, food and retail, building services and new organizing efforts among “precarious workers in the New York City area.” In addition to ECC, representatives of about 30 allied organizations will include the Climate Justice Alliance and 350.org.

Organizers say that “with resistance to ‘extreme extraction,’ austerity and inequality all rising, unions see opportunities to begin to build a united global movement for fundamental change.” 


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