Climate Files 32 / Great Big Green Jobs Victory

GreenJobsWorkerWebThis episode contains a recording from the Green for All conference call from October 5th. It was all about green jobs and there are some good solid ideas in this recording. We definitely need jobs in the United States. In September the U.S. lost over 230,000 jobs. Unemployment continues to grow and where ever you might be in the world, you probably don’t have a great economy either.

Green for All is a national organization working to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Green For All’s mission according to their website is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. We work in collaboration with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry – all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of our agenda.

Green jobs are blue collar jobs, or that’s what the Senate bill allows for, but those aren’t jobs everyone wants or can do.   That’s only one of the many problems with the Senate’s CEJAPA bill. It’s good there is money provided for a new green economy but we need much more devoted to that purpose.

Speakers during the call were Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, Green For All; Jason Walsh, policy director at Green for All; Mark Ayers, AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department; Madeline Janis, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy and Jessy Tolkan, Energy Action Coalition.

Not talking about the seriousness of climate change would be impossible, so at the end there is a discussion of the implications of green jobs, a weak Senate bill that doesn’t really address climate change, and a recent article by Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org. His article is titled, A Timely Reminder of the Real Limits to Growth. The implication is that capitalism just won’t be the sustainable economy of the future because it can’t be.

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Music: “Who Knows” by Marion Black, and “Post Millennium Extinction Blues” by Living Things