Lawrence, KS - Events Local News Groups Contact
Memo To Candidates: Green-Collar Jobs Means Standing Up for People and the Planet
By Indy Media / filmsforaction.org
From HuffingtonPost.com:

For those of us who are a part of the movement for "green-collar jobs," Sunday's Democratic presidential debate was a real watershed moment.

Clinton, Edwards and Obama were in the debate of their lives. And all three of them passionately championed the importance of creating good jobs in the clean energy sector.

They presented "green-collar jobs" as a way to simultaneously boost the economy and beat global warming.

Their words were like music to our ears. It felt like a victory for all of our organizations, which have been making this argument for some time. So...hats off to the Apollo Alliance, Ella Baker Center, Workforce Alliance, Center for American Progress, Sustainable South Bronx, Center on Wisconsin Strategy, 1Sky, Energy Action Coalition, Green For All and many more.

And then yesterday the Washington Post ran a major story on green jobs, Time magazine has taken up the issue, and CNN just featured it on Situation Room. So it is now official: our demand for green-collar jobs has finally broken through!

But before the concept gets watered down by its very popularity, now might be a good time to give a clear and uncompromising answer the question: what is a green-collar job, anyway?

It is great that our leaders are offering a better future. But as this green-collar job train begins to leave the station, it is time to confirm the destination.
Creating enough green-collar jobs to beat global warming and create real economic opportunity for those who most need it is a tall order. It will require a major transformation of the American economy, and we must be clear about the terms of this transition. Only then will we have a yardstick to measure real progress against exciting rhetoric.

* Green Collar Jobs Rebuild a Strong Middle Class. Green-collar jobs are good jobs. Like blue-collar jobs, green-collar jobs pay family wages and provide opportunities for advancement along a career track of increasing skills and wages. A job that does something for the planet and little to nothing for the people or the economy is not a green-collar job. The green economy cannot be built with solar sweat shops and Wal-Mart wind farms.
* Green-Collar Jobs Provide Pathways out of Poverty. Most green-collar jobs are middle-skill jobs requiring more than high school, but less than a four-year degree - and are well within reach for low-skilled and low-income workers as long as they have access to effective training programs and appropriate supports. We must ensure that all green-collar jobs strategies provide opportunities for low-income people to take the first step on a pathway from poverty to economic self-sufficiency.

* Green-Collar Jobs Require Some New Skills (and some new thinking about old skills). The green economy demands workers with new skill sets. Some green collar jobs - say renewable energy technicians - are brand new. But even more are existing jobs that are being transformed as industries transition to a clean energy economy: computer control operators who can cut steel for wind towers as well as for submarines; or mechanics who can fix an electric engine as well as an internal combustion engine. We need identify the specific skills the green economy demands. Then we need to invest in creating new training programs and retooling existing training programs to meet the demand.

* Green-Collar Jobs Tend to be Local Jobs. Much of the work we have to do to green our economy involves transforming the places that we live and work and the way we get around. These jobs are difficult or impossible to offshore. For instance, you can't pick up a house send it to China to install solar panel and ship it back. In addition, one of the major sources of manufacturing jobs - a sector that has been extensively off-shored - are components parts for wind towers and turbines. Because of their size and related high transportation costs, they are most cost-effectively produced as near as possible to wind farm sites. Cities and communities should begin thinking now about ways their green strategies can also create local jobs.

* A Green Collar Job Strengthens Urban and Rural Communities. Urban and rural America have both been negatively impacted over the past decades by a failure to invest in their growth -green collar jobs provide and opportunity to reclaim these areas for the benefit of local residents. From new transit spending and energy audits in inner cities to windmills and bio-mass in our nation's heartland, green jobs mean a reinvestment in the communities hardest hit in recent decades.

* And By the way....Green-Collar Jobs Save Planet Earth This may be obvious. The "green" in green-collar is about preserving and enhancing environmental quality. Green-collar jobs are in the growing industries that are helping us kick the oil habit, curb greenhouse gas emissions, eliminate toxins, and protect natural systems.


Green-collar workers are installing solar panels, retrofitting buildings to make them more efficient, constructing transit lines, refining waste oil into biodiesel, erecting wind farms, repairing hybrid cars, building green rooftops, planting trees, and so much more. And they are doing it today. There are already many green-collar jobs in America. But there could be so many more if we focus our economic strategies on growing a green economy.

It is exciting that the Presidential candidates have taken up this banner. We must thank them for their leadership. And we must help them ensure that the green jobs of tomorrow build a green and prosperous economy for everyone, here and around the world.
0.0 ·
0
What's Next
Trending Today
Who Are You? Watching This Breathtaking Video Could Be the Moment You Change Your Life
2 min · 20,177 views today · "Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to a job that you need so you can...
When You Kill Ten Million Africans You Aren't Called 'Hitler'
Liam O'Ceallaigh · 15,198 views today · Take a look at this picture. Do you know who it is? Most people haven’t heard of him. But you should have. When you see his face or hear his name you should get as sick in...
How to Criticize with Kindness: Philosopher Daniel Dennett on the Four Steps to Arguing Intelligently
Maria Popova · 9,747 views today · “Just how charitable are you supposed to be when criticizing the views of an opponent?”
What It Really Means to Hold Space for Someone
Heather Plett · 9,599 views today · How to be there for the people who need you most
10 Shocking Facts About Society That We Absurdly Accept As Normal
Joe Martino · 9,109 views today · When you take a moment and look around at the world, things can appear pretty messed up. Take 5 or 10 minutes and watch the 6 o’clock news. Chances are, the entire time, all...
Rap News Special Edition: Hillary Clinton Vs Donald Trump
7 min · 8,398 views today · Hello world. RAP NEWS is back for a special episode on the 2016 USA Election mayhem, feat. Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump + a touch of Jill Stein & Gary Johnson. This one's...
The International Criminal Court May Start Prosecuting People Who Commit Crimes Against the Environment
Tara Smith · 6,295 views today · The International Criminal Court is not known for prosecuting people responsible for huge oil slicks, chopping down protected rainforests or contaminating pristine land. But...
Caitlin Moran's Posthumous Advice for Her Daughter
Caitlin Moran · 6,099 views today · My daughter is about to turn 13 and I’ve been smoking a lot recently, and so – in the wee small hours, when my lungs feel like there’s a small mouse inside them, scratching to...
Humanity's Greatest Challenges Aren't Technical, They're Human
8 min · 5,536 views today · Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is incomplete as we commonly know it. Later in his life, Maslow wrote about a stage beyond self-actualization. Nichol Brandford explains how to...
Ten Ways We Misunderstand Children
Jan Hunt · 4,976 views today · 1. We expect children to be able to do things before they are ready. We ask an infant to keep quiet. We ask a 2-year-old to sit still. We ask a 3-year-old to clean his room...
The Journey From Syria (2016)
71 min · 3,845 views today · Reporter Matthew Cassel spent a year documenting the journey of Syrian jeweler Aboud Shalhoub as he travels from Turkey to Greece, and through Eastern Europe to the Netherlands...
The Culture of Maximum Harm
Daniel Quinn · 3,264 views today · People have lived many different ways on this planet, but about ten thousand years ago there appeared one people who believed everyone in the world should live a single...
10 Photos That Show the Magnificent Light Shining on Standing Rock
Josue Rivas · 2,889 views today · Despite all the news of pipeline regulation, court appeals, and activist arrests, Native photographer Josue Rivas reminds us that it is actually a peaceful place.
American Cartel: How America's Two Major Parties Helped Destroy Democracy
Frank Castro · 1,553 views today · Cartel: An association of manufacturers or suppliers with the purpose of maintaining prices at a high level and restricting competition.
Prince Ea Just Put The School System on Trial and Found it Guilty of Killing Free Thought
6 min · 1,400 views today · Albert Einstien once said "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid". Today Prince...
The Little Engine That Couldn't: How We're Preparing Ourselves and Our Children for Extinction
Daniel Quinn · 1,382 views today · In a recent semi-documentary film called Garbage, a toxic waste disposal engineer was asked how we can stop engulfing the world in our poisons. His answer was, "We'd have to...
The Left Deserves Better Than Jill Stein
Kate Aronoff · 1,326 views today · Stein’s Green Party run doesn’t offer a plan to win, or to build power. The Left is capable of so much more.
John Lennon's "Imagine," Made Into a Comic Strip
John Lennon. Art by Pablo Stanley · 1,189 views today · This is easily the best comic strip ever made.  Pabl
Schooling the World (2010)
66 min · 1,175 views today · If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it? You would change the way it educates its children. The U.S. Government knew this in the 19th...
Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (The Real Reason For The Forty-Hour Workweek)
David Cain · 1,035 views today · Well I’m in the working world again. I’ve found myself a well-paying gig in the engineering industry, and life finally feels like it’s returning to normal after my nine months...
Load More
Like us on Facebook?
Memo To Candidates: Green-Collar Jobs Means Standing Up for People and the Planet