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Last updated: 13 March 2012

FAWU Supports The “One Million Climate Jobs” Campaign

13 March 2012

As a trade union organizing in the agriculture sector- that comprises of members in the food, beverage, farming, and fishing and forestry industries - it realizes the potential overall devastating effects of climate change and on the population.

While research predicts that our agricultural sector would be negatively impacted upon by expected higher temperatures and reduced rainfall and the subsequent reduced water availability. It is also predicted that there will be more frequent floods and drought that will lead to reduced food production that would affect the poorest of the poor as competition over resources would be on the increase.

While the official unemployment figure is supposedly 25 percent, one has reason to believe current social problems will be perpetuated by the effects of climate change. It is for this reason that FAWU fully supports the One Million Climate Jobs Campaign.

Realising the potential catastrophic effects of climate change in Southern Africa, trade unions, civil society organization and environmental organizations have all come together to promote the creation of one million climate jobs to address the ever increasing economic and environmental crises.

Research conducted by these groups show that there is potential for more than three million jobs to be created by government by focusing on two key areas, namely to address the country’s rising unemployment figures and by slowing down our carbon footprint.

See www.climatejobs.org.za for more information/click on the link on the FAWU homepage

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