ITUC-Africa Statement on Australian Bushfires

Keywords : Climate Change And Environment Declarations

The Africa Regional Organization of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa) has been following with dismay, news of the devastating fires which have been raging in several parts of Australia over the past few weeks.

We are deeply concerned about this disaster which has led to the deaths of about 200 persons; with huge impacts on large swathes of agricultural land and forestry. The dire consequences for livestock and wildlife, and the damaging effects on livelihoods and the economy at large, amply demonstrate our collective vulnerabilities to the daunting effects of climate change.

This disaster more than ever should serve as further motivation to strengthen our resolve to work on climate action as we also continuously work towards conserving nature in the best way we can.

We salute all the working men and women who put their lives on the line to arrest the drastic impacts of the blazing fires, especially comrades in the emergency services and the farmers and forestiers on the frontline.

ITUC-Africa recognizing that the climatic conditions of Australia, which have played a considerable part in fueling this disaster, are not dissimilar to those pertaining on the African continent, wishes to express on behalf of the working people of Africa; our solidarity, commiserations and support for the workers and people of Australia in your immediate struggle to fight this disaster and your long term commitment to protecting the environment and in turn livelihoods that depend on same.

Yours Sincerely,
Kwasi Adu-Amankwah
General Secretary, ITUC-Africa

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