The Green Jobs Now Blog
Now that Barack Obama has been elected President , we made a couple changes to our video messages. I'm posting the updates here, but you can find the original versions elsewhere on the blog.
We've got big plans for this winter, 2009, and beyond (including delivering these videos to Obama after he has taken office), so definitely find us on(and off)line.
Here are those videos:
On the topic of videos, this hot one from Rock the Vote came in too late to be included in the video contest, but is definitely worth watching:
Thousands of Americans joined us on September 27th to send a message to the nation and our leaders: "We're Ready for Green Jobs Now".
Today, we delivered that message to our next President.
We just sent these two videos to the Obama and McCain campaigns.
What is your plan to invest in us?
We're ready. Are you?
But we wanted to share the videos to both candidates here so that folks can spread them far and wide. Please share these.
We held 3 contests to coincide with the Green Jobs Now National Day of Action: most signatures on the "I'm Ready" petition, the best photograph, and the best video. We are pleased to announce our 3 winners!
Members of the Canadian Youth Coalition engaged hundreds of Vancouverites on the Green Jobs Day of Action. The informal and friendly set-up provided a unique opportunity for an exchange of ideas and stories among the diverse group of participants.
New Bedford, MA had a Green Solutions Day of Action. Politicians and poets spoke, community organizers organized, musicians played and The People were inspired.
As Washington rescues Wall Street, a growing chorus of big thinkers from the left and right are calling for a greener approach-- using investment in clean energy and efficiency as a way to stimulate the economy.
Georgia just experienced its own peak oil crisis. Gas prices spiked from $3.97 to $5.19 per gallon. Georgia's recent experience illustrates the danger of our dependence on oil. If this happened in the southeast due to a natural disaster it can happen anywhere in the United States.
Check out this video by Agit-Pop. There is significant political space to build a broad consensus for a 21st-Century New Deal that would stop spending our tax dollars on war and Wall Street, and instead help the people who need it most--on issues that matter the most.
San Mateo County Human Services Agency brings awareness about green jobs through a Green Collar Jobs Summit. Check the video!
Community organizer Karen Monahan was featured on KFAI radio with host Al McFarlane in Minnesota on 9/16. Listen as they talk about the green collar economy and the National Day of Action, along with other leaders in the community.
Congressman Ellison could not be at the event in Minneapolis because he was in DC for the Congressional Black Caucus, but he sent this letter to be read at the event.
Pittsburgh residents are ready for green jobs. The event was successful--good food and music kept the spirit of the day strong.
Pittsburgh's Green Jobs Day of Action was a success. Khari Mosley talks about their day's activities and the potential to create a green industrial revolution.
The United Nations Environment Program highlights a new report entitled Green Jobs: Towards Decent work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World. The report says that efforts to reduce climate change and its effects are already generating new jobs and could create millions more in both developed and developing countries.
Events were successful in Atlanta, GA. Funnel cake machines running on solar powered batteries was one of the highlights of the day!
On September 27th, the White Center Energy Festival in Washington State brought together a culturally and geographically diverse group of more than a hundred volunteers on an early Saturday morning to the low-income community of White Center, outside of Seattle. Volunteer canvassers walked door-to-door to educate residents about conservation and efficiency measures that could reduce their energy bills and the opportunities of an inclusive green economy that brings good jobs and lifts all boats. Residents received a reusable eco-bag filled with free CFLs, energy conservation tips, and voter registration forms. They were also offered the opportunity to enter into a raffle to win a free energy audit. Volunteers asked residents to support the Green Jobs Now petition and the Seattle Climate Action Plan.
On Friday, Youth Build Rockford (IL) gathered to begin work on their first green home. Check this coverage that they got on WIFR.
Here at the Green For All office, we're just beginning get in photos from Green Jobs Now events around the country. And the results are amazing! We'll keep you updated as the events keep rolling in from nearly all 50 states. Here's a few highlights for now:
New York - Urban Agenda, the New York Apollo Alliance, and students in green-collar training programs are ready!
Pictured here - students from the Consortium for Worker Education's SMaRT training (Sustainable, Mechanical and Retrofitting Technologies) completing a class at the Association for Energy Affordability.
"All these students are on the pathway to employment in retrofitting and building analysis. They are ready for the new green economy!" - Rebecca Lurie, Consortium for Worker Education – a member of the NYC Apollo Alliance Steering Committee.
Urban Agenda, convener of the NYC Apollo Alliance, is leading advocacy efforts to ensure NYC's sustainability policies create good jobs and enhance New York City's environment. Urban Agenda is also spearheading the Green Collar Jobs Roundtable Campaign to urge New York City Mayoral and City Council candidates to commit to a workforce development plan that connects green jobs with jobseekers.