Biological diversity makes the earth habitable for human beings because of the productive and economic resources and for the social, scientific, educational, cultural, aesthetic, and recreational values that it contributes. Biodiversity is the result of the evolution of life in all its possible forms on our planet. To date, close to 1.75 million species have been identified: the majority of these small animals such as insects. Scientists calculate that in reality there are around 13 million species, although estimations range from three to 100 million. The lack of clear and effective policies against the loss of biodiversity has been observed, caused among others, by the destruction and fragmentation of habitats, changes in soil use, the unsustainable use of natural resources, contamination and invasive exotic species, to which climate change has already been summed up. The loss of biodiversity affects the following in a singular manner:
In Sustainlabour we are working toward:
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On the occasion of biodiversity negotiations at COP 11, Hyderabad (India), ITUC and Sustainlabour release a report on biodiversity and employment. The report highlights to the need (and the actual possibility) to address a profound transformation of productive sectors to ensure the survival of the species and the creation of sustainable jobs.
On Friday October 19 2012, Sustainlabour organizes an event at COP 11 of CBD to present the new report published together with the ITUC entitled Ecosystems, Economy and Employment. Representatives of Ecoropa and governments of India, Spain and Brazil will participate in the event.
Sustainlabour is taking part of the eleventh meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad (India) defending the trade union demands and launching the new report Ecosystems, Economy and Employment.
You can now read the full report that analyzes the relationships between sustainable management of biodiversity and the opportunities for green and decent job creation. In the current context of deep unemployment crisis, appropriate management of the environment can be an important source of new green employment creation and thus should be of far more interest for policy makers
The Conference on Biological Diversity ended on Friday October 19th in Hyderabad. For the first time, there was as specific recognition of the importance of the active participation of workers and unions in the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystems
June 15 – 22 – The Rio+20 People´s Summit for Social and Environmental Justice brought together social and mass movements, indigenous communities, trade unions, environmentalist organizations, and women’s networks, among other groups.
"Rio Outcome does not shift us from this unequal and enviro-destructive model". The international trade union movement came to Rio with a set of clear demands and an agenda that integrates the three dimensions of sustainable development: supporting a social protection floor, decent and green jobs and a financial transactions tax.
Impressive rally in the centre of Rio de Janeiro calling for action. CUT Brazil estimates the participation of 50,000 people, one of largest the city has seen in recent years. The international trade union delegation marched alongside the Brazilian workers.
The decision was adopted in response to EU Commission consultation on unconventional fossil fuels in Europe