Place: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dates: February 13, 2012
On February 13, 2012, the CUT Brazil and Sustainlabour organized a debate in Sao Paulo, that gathered unionists, members of Vitae Civilis, Greenpeace, the Social Observatory, the organization of consumers, IDEC, and the observatory of women to discuss a new system of production and consumption and the relationships between the environmental and labour variables.
The discussion document for the event can be downloaded below : Placing the economy at the service of sustainable development. Challenges and opportunities in Rio + 20: Green Economy, jobs and production and sustainable consumption (available only in Portuguese).
The debate was set around the following questions:
1. What should an economy that respects environmental issues include in order to meet the needs of social progress? What elements should be considered in relation to the environment for a progressive economy?
2. What are the main conflicts that have occurred in the course of your work in relation to labour issues and the environment?
In partnership with the BlueGreen Alliance (an alliance that unites the largest union and environmental organizations), the USW launched a campaign to Put Breast Cancer Out of Work. Through this initiative they aim to prevent breast cancer and other chronic diseases by promoting safer alternatives to the current use of dangerous chemicals.