CLIMATE CHANGE by taoyni

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									SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF MALAWI CONGRESS OF TRADE UNIONS
(MCTU)-MR. LUTHER MAMBALA AT MULANJE COMMUNITY CENTRE
GROUND ON 5th JUNE 2008-WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY.

I feel exceedingly honored and profoundly humbled to address this gathering on the
behalf of the workers in Malawi on this occasion where we are cerebrating World
Environment Day.


Since 1990, the authoritative reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) a body that was established by the United Nations Environmental Programme
(UNEP) and World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) confirm a scientific consensus
that to a greater extent human activities are contributing to rising levels of Green House
Gases (GHG) in the atmosphere thereby capturing infrared radiation from the sun and
preventing excess energy from escaping the atmosphere. This has resulted into global
warming of almost 1 degree Celsius within the last 100 years. According to the 4 th IPCC
Report of November 2007, without decisive international action the global temperature
could rise by 1.1 to 6.4 degrees Celsius in the 21st Century. This would represent the
fastest rise in 10, 000 years.


As already alluded to climate change is a defining issue in this day and age. As the
international theme for this year which reads “Kick the Bad Habit Towards Low Carbon
Economy” suggests, considerable attention should be focused on green house emissions
and how to reduce them. But specifically why are we the workers deeply concerned with
environmental issues and climate change to be specific? As a way of answering this
question, let me draw your attention to how climate change poses a threat on the welfare
of the workers.


Following in-depth analysis of climate change, trade unions or workers at large are very
well informed that workers across the world will greatly be affected by measures to
combat climate change through market or regulatory measures including the use of new
technologies or the reorganization of social and economic activities altogether. For
instance, it is reported that three quarters of green house gas emissions come from the



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manufacturing industry, energy production and supply and transportation and
construction sectors. We should therefore be mindful of the fact that interventions to
reduce the green house emissions or rather climate change will have adverse impacts on
these sectors and the workers in these sectors. This ladies and gentlemen should very well
explain why climate change poses to be a bitter pill to swallow as far as the workers and
the labour movement in Malawi atlarge are concerned.


The massage that i bring to you coming from the workers constituency under the banner
of the Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) is that climate change being a global
problem, there is need to priotise global solidarity that should start at local and national
level. What has happened today at this function where in our amidst we have officials
from the government ministries and departments, Members of Parliament, Traditional
Leaders, representatives from the Private Sector, NGOs, CBOs, Donor community,
Media Educational institutions is a very good gesture of solidarity in this regard. For this,
Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) specifically commends the Malawi
Government through the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources for facilitating this
sort of solidarity that has been manifest today by organizing this auspicious event.


Lastly let me assure you all who are gathered here that workers in Malawi under the
Malawi Congress of Trade Unions are very much committed towards intensifying actions
on climate change such as building support for strong Green House Gas (GHG) target
reductions policies and convincing government and the private sector to adopt effective
measures that are sensitive to the welfare of workers as we combat this global challenge
before us.


With these few remarks I say thank you very much for paying your attention!!




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