Camera Branch Climate and Sustainability Meeting 12th May

From the Branch Climate and Sustainability Officer:
The Climate and Ecological Crises (CEC) threatens wellbeing and prosperity worldwide. With the effects of the crises becoming more and more clear with each passing day, how do we keep pace with the change ahead? As an industry with high levels of CO2 emissions and poor waste management, change is both necessary and daunting.

So how does BECTU as a Union address this challenge and lead in the fight against the CEC?

Union Issue

  • The CEC will have a huge impact on the global economy
  • Large loss of jobs on current path
  • Creation of jobs through a “just transition” if action is taken
  • Changing attitudes
  • Social Justice
  • Human Rights

Film and TV

  • Huge amounts of waste
  • High CO2 emissions
  • Lack of oversight
  • Sustainability viewed as a hindrance to creativity

Possible Changes

    • Branch level:
      • Environmental audit
      • Climate and Sustainability branch and Union Committee
    • Moving Image Industry level:
      • Crew:
        • Mindset change. Sustainability considered at all stages
        • Discuss with production
      • Production:
        • Work with other unions and organisations eg PACT, APA, Albert etc
        • Green TV and Film Agreement
        • Mandatory recording and sharing of environmental data
      • Industry Service and Supplies Providers:
        • Target studios for sustainable policies
        • Sustainable practices at Rental houses
        • Sustainable products from providers
      • Employers:
        • Demand Environmental standards from large scale employers e.g. Netflix, HBO, Amazon etc
        • Target programmers to highlight climate crises on screen
    • Society and Politics:
      • Ensure sustainability is high on agenda at Prospect
      • Lobby government for clear leadership on transition to low carbon future.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!