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Climate Week Declaration signed by CWU

7th March 2013

CWU is one of over 700 organisations which have signed the Climate Week Declaration which calls on the government to maintain its commitment to the Climate Change Act and take further steps to encourage investment in the green economy.

A range of organisations, business and charities, including the TUC, Association of Colleges and Sustrans, have signed the Declaration. Individuals are also encouraged to sign it to help demonstrate the breadth of support for the campaign's aims, and to get involved in the thousands of events taking place during Climate Week itself.

Tony Kearns, CWU senior deputy general secretary, explained why CWU has signed the Climate Week Declaration: "It's important to us at CWU to publicly support campaigns and initiatives like Climate Week. The Declaration is consistent with our union's policy towards climate change and chimes with decisions previously taken by both our NEC and CWU General Conference.

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"The Declaration is about taking positive action to support green jobs which stimulate the economy and help the UK meet its carbon reduction commitments. As resources become scarce and climate target deadlines come close we will all be affected by rising prices and decisions over resource allocation. We have to get to grips with carbon reduction and adaptation."

Climate Week is an annual initiative and has become one of Britain's biggest climate change campaigns, inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future.

In 2013 Climate Week runs from 4 - 10th March and is the culmination of months of planning and publicity. Thousands of events are taking place across the UK this week run by schools, businesses, charities, councils and many others, all taking practical steps to raise awareness or showcase practical solutions to the challenges of climate change.

The Climate Week Declaration in full:

"Britain must do all it can to create a secure, prosperous and sustainable future by helping to prevent climate change.

"We call on the government to maintain its commitment to the Climate Change Act by taking further steps to encourage investment in the green economy, greater use of renewable energy and positive action across society.

"The Energy Bill currently being considered in Parliament is an important and urgent example of the commitment needed. We urge the government to act on the recommendation from its own Committee on Climate Change to include decarbonisation targets in the Energy Bill."

Sign it!

See the supporting organisations' logos - including CWU - on the Climate Week website