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Climate caravan completes national tour for jobs

by Patrick Ward
Published Fri 25 May 2012
Issue No. 2305

Supporters greet the caravan

Supporters greet the caravan's arrival in London (Pic: Socialist Worker)


The Caravan for Climate Jobs completed its tour of Britain today (Friday) after nearly two weeks of spreading the word about its campaign for one million climate jobs.

The tour took two separate routes, with one ending in Manchester and the other in London. Between them they covered some 3,000 miles, visiting around 25 towns and cities on the way.

Supporters gathered in Westminster to welcome the caravan’s return in London. A group then handed a stack of letters demanding green jobs to the offices of the Department for Work and Pensions.

Ken Montague, one of the caravan’s organisers, told Socialist Worker that the tour had been well supported.

“It was really impressive to see all the different climate campaigns come together and build new local networks,” he said. “There was real enthusiasm for going forward with our campaign for a million climate jobs.

“We’ve talked to hundreds of people. Many members of the public understood the logic to our argument that we have two crises with one solution.”

Meetings are planned for tonight to welcome the return of the tour.

Manchester: 7pm, Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street M2 5NS, speakers include Richard Leese (leader of Manchester Council), Peter Allen (Manchester Green Party), Karen Evans (UCU) and Martin Empson (Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union group).

London: 7pm, Friends Meeting House, St Martin's Lane (off Trafalgar Square). Speakers include Tony Kearns (senior deputy general secretary, CWU), Jean Lambert (Green Party), Murad Qureshi (chair, GLA environmental committee), Professor Barbara Harriss-White (Million Climate Jobs Report), Suzanne Jeffrey (Chair, Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union group), Saci Lloyd (author), Graham Petersen (UCU) and a speaker from Greenpeace


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Fri 25 May 2012, 15:36 BST
Issue No. 2305
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