Sunday 1st March, 2pm – 3pm at the east end of Princes Street, Edinburgh (opposite Balmoral Hotel)
Scot.E3 has called a protest in solidarity with indigenous land defenders in the Wet’suwet’en territory of British Columbia. They are protesting against the construction of a new gas pipeline across their land. The construction project breaks the Canadian constitution, however, the protests have been met with harsh repression by Royal Canadian Mounted Police. There has been solidarity action across Canada.
At a time of climate crisis we should be phasing out oil and gas. The Wet’suwet’en protesters are in the front line of our common struggle for a sustainable future.
‘It’s a whole damn army up there. They’ve got guns on, they’ve got tactical gear on. They look like they’re ready for war.’
– Wet’suwet’en hereditary Chief Woos (Frank Alec).
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At the time of writing the Edinburgh solidarity event has been cohosted by: Friends of the Earth Scotland, Young Friends of the Earth Scotland, People and Planet Edinburgh, rs21 Scotland, Edinburgh Youth Climate Strike and Extinction Rebellion Edinburgh
There is also a protest in London at Canada House on the same day.
What follows is a summary of the main points from the meeting – the full write up of the action points from the meeting is available here.
Following a discussion in which we shared information on the progress being made in mobilising for COP 26 we agreed to establish a new page on www.scote3.net dedicated to COP 26 and to prioritise a Briefing ‘What is the COP?’ The page is work in progress and ideas for useful content would be really appreciated. Please email them in.
At the January meeting we had sketched out an ambitious programme of meetings and events around Scotland and on the 20th we made further plans to link up with other groups to take this forward. We are also submitting an application for grant funding to the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust to support the activities that we have planned in the run up to the COP and beyond.
The North Sea Oil and Gas report has had a significant impact and was downloaded 242 times in the first 5 days from its publication. We are exploring the possibility of a fringe meeting on the report at the STUC conference in April and are keen to promote other opportunities for sharing the information and promoting debate on the process of phasing out North Sea Oil and Gas production.
We have been invited to speak at the Edinburgh City Council Unison AGM in February and the EIS/ULA AGM in March – we are always open to invitations to speak at events and we are working on the development of speakers notes as part of expanding the pool of people who are confident to speak at these events.
We agreed to contact other groups to see if we could hold a solidarity protest in support of the Wet-suwet-en in British Columbia. This is scheduled for 2pm on Sunday March 1st at the east end of Princes Street – there is a protest in London on the same day.
We also agreed to work with SCND and others to hold discussion meetings based around screenings of the new Lucas Plan film – The Plan. Details soon.
The final speaker session of the ScotE3 conference on 16th November will see Jonathon Shafi from Common Weal talking about their new campaign for a Green New Deal for Scotland – Our Common Home
You can register for the conference on Eventbrite or simply register on the day at St Ninian’s Hall, Greyfriars Charteris Centre, 138/140 Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9RR. Doors open at 9.30am and the conference starts at 10am.
The first session after the lunch break at Saturday’s Scot.E3 conference focuses in on the campaign for climate jobs. Find out more about the conference here. Book for the conference on Eventbrite
This quote from the Million Climate Jobs Pamphlet explains the critical importance of these jobs to the transition to a zero carbon economy.
’Climate Jobs’ are not the same as ‘green jobs’. Some green jobs help the climate, but ‘green jobs’ can mean anything – park rangers, bird wardens, pollution control, or refuse workers. All these jobs are necessary, but they do not stop climate change.
Climate Jobs are jobs that lead directly to cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases, and so slow down climate change. For instance, workers who build wind farms replace power stations that burn coal or oil. Workers who insulate buildings reduce the oil and gas we burn. Bus drivers reduce the amount of oil we burn in cars.
You can read more about climate jobs from the pamphlet online on the Campaign Against Climate Change website
Speakers in the session are Clara Paillard, an activist in the PCS Union and the Campaign Against Climate Change, Davie Brockett from Unite Rank and File and Eurig Scandrett on behalf of UCU Scotland.
In order to ensure that we have the right level of support on the day of the ScotE3 conference we are not able to take creche bookings after 5pm on Wednesday 13th. If you want to book a creche place please email email@example.com before then.
In the second session of our conference on Saturday 16th November Simon Pirani and Mary Church will take a look at the challenges we face locally and internationally. This, together with session one on American Climate Rebels will form the backdrop to discussion during the rest of the day.
At last year’s conference we worked together to draft a climate jobs manifesto. In the twelve months since November 2018 there have been hugely significant developments driven by the Youth Climate Strikers and the growth of XR. However, we still have a long way to go. This year we hope to take the discussion forward by looking at the politics and practice of building a mass social movement that has climate justice at its heart.
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Shaun Dey from REEL News will introduce the first session at the Scot.E3 conference on 16th November in Edinburgh In 2018. Reel News went on a 14 week tour of North America to look at grassroots struggles around climate change, particularly struggles around a “just transition” from fossil fuels to renewable energy, where workers and communities control the process so that they benefit from the transition, and around “just recovery” – recovery from extreme weather events which do not exacerbate current inequalities. Shaun will introduce video clips from a range of inspiring struggles by unions, indigenous communities and people of colour in the US as a starter for the discussion and debate for the rest of the day.
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Here’s one of the longer videos from REEL News’ American Climate Rebels series
On the Wednesday following the ScotE3 conference on Saturday 16th November the Scottish Trades Union Congress is holding an important event in Glasgow. Contact Louise Ireland, firstname.lastname@example.org for booking details,
Building Worker Power in the Context of the Climate Crisis: An STUC Energy Conference
Wednesday 20th November, 2019
9.00 am – 4.30 pm
The Lighthouse, Mitchell Lane, Glasgow
This Saturday Common Weal is launching their report on a Green New Deal for Scotland. The event is at The Arches in Glasgow – more details and booking via Eventbrite through this link. This promises to be an important contribution to the developing debate on how we tackle the climate crisis.
Jonathan Shafi from Common Weal is one of the speakers at the Scot.E3 conference on 16th November. Book for the conference on Eventbrite and email email@example.com if you want to book one or more crèche places.
The programme for the Scot.E3 conference on Saturday 16th November is now available for viewing and download.
Bookings can be made on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/just-transition-employment-energy-and-environment-2019-tickets-68768192515 and there’s also a Facebook Event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1133891030332559/ If you are in position to share the event it would be really helpful.