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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations
-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor
---------------------- Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016
-------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau

GLOBAL LABOR INSTITUTE (GLI) of the ILR School, Cornell University

Jobs, Justice, Climate event on 21 September 2009, New York City


Cornell University Global Labor Institute (CGLI), Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative and the New York Society for Ethical Culture (NYSEC) are hosting "Jobs, Justice, Labor" to bring together leaders from different sectors  political, UN, labor, civil society and business  to call attention to the global social and economic challenges and opportunities posed by climate change, and to ask those in the audience to work harder within their own constituencies to make a difference at the national level and in relation to climate change negotiations in Copenhagen in December 2009. The evening will convey a powerful and heartfelt message to leaders to act swiftly and decisively to take action to reduce climate change in ways that create jobs and advance social justice. We must all share both the benefits and the responsibilities for our planet and its people  and speakers will share ideas on how to do more. It will be a rare opportunity to bring hundreds of labor, environmental and youth leaders and activists together to link solutions to climate change to the issues of employment and economic opportunities.

Join hundreds of labor, environmental, student, and community activists for a Jobs • Justice • Climate rally at the New York Society for Ethical Culture during <>Climate Week NY C. Meet and urge world leaders to take decisive action on global warming in a way that reduces emissions, creates jobs and advances social justice. Join us for an inspirational and informative evening of discussions, videos and musical performances by
< > Kaki King and
< > Judy Collins - and learn how you can take action.

Confirmed participants include
President Mohamed Nasheed of The Maldives,
Mary Robinson of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative
Juan Somavia of the ILO,
Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO,
Sharan Burrow of the Australian Council of Trade Unions,
Kevin Knobloch of the Union of Concerned Scientists,
Kumi Naidoo of the Global Campaign on Climate Action,
Carlton Brown of Full Spectrum of NY, Climate Witnesses
Sharon Hanshaw, Climate Witness and Executive Director, Coastal Women for Change 
Constance Okollet, Climate Witness and Chairperson, Osukura United Women Network
Roger Toussaint of the Transport Workers Union,
Ethan Nuss of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and author and environmentalist
Bill McKibben (by video).

Date From September 21, 2009 5:30 PM
Until September 21, 2009 8:45 PM

New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street
New York, NY 10023
[map it!]
< >

Price Free

Info Line 212-340-2840
Website <>http://www.JobsJusticeClimat ...

Contact Jill Kubit

Press Release
Jobs, Justice, Climate
September 14 2009
Cornell's Global Labor Institute co-organizer of Climate Week event

The Global Labor Institute, part of Cornell's ILR School, and Realizing Rights, a human rights group, are co-organizers of a Sept. 21 event at which labor, environmental and youth leaders will urge world leaders to take decisive action on global warming.

"Jobs, Justice, Climate" in New York City is free and open to the public, but registration at < > is recommended to ensure admittance. Seven-hundred people are expected, organizers said.

"The gathering will express the fact that labor, environment and other social movements are uniting behind the call for a strong global agreement to reduce global, warming emissions that creates good 'green' jobs for all and advances social justice at home and abroad," said Sean Sweeney, director of the Global Labor Institute.

The gathering is part of Climate Week NYC, Sept. 20 through Sept. 26. It coincides with the United Nations' general assembly opening in New York City.

Activities in more than 100 cities worldwide are planned in an effort to encourage a climate agreement at the United Nations' Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen this December.

The event sponsored by the Global Labor Institute and Realizing Rights is being held at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th St, New York.

Participants will include Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and founder of Realizing Rights, a human rights organization; Juan Somavia, director general of the International Labour Organization; Richard Trumka, who is expected to be the newly-elected leader of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), and Mohamed Rasheed, president of the Maldives.

Also, Kevin Knobloch of the Union of Concerned Scientists, Kumi Naidoo, leader of the Global Campaign for Climate Action, and, by video, author and environmentalist Bill McKibben.

Folk artist Judy Collins and singer-songwriter Kaki King are scheduled to perform.

The event begins at 6 p.m.

In November, Robinson spoke at a meeting sponsored by the Global Labor Institute at the ILR Conference Center in New York.

Labor and environmental groups, along with members of the international development community, agreed at the meeting that the potential to ally the labor and climate change movements was strengthened by the election of President Barack Obama.

Also in 2008, the Global Labor Institute collaborated with the United Nations and other international groups in creating the first global Green Jobs Report. More about the report is available at .

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