Conference as Catalyst for Green Jobs
Green collar jobs are without doubt something that we TreeHuggers believe in. Whether it's Van Jones' Green For All initiatiave, or that rare-thing, Federal support for sustainable employment, the idea of moving our economy beyond pollution, waste and fossil fuels is certainly an appealing one. Which is why I am more than a little disappointed that I'll be out of town this weekend, as NC Central University is hosting Growing a Green, Just Economy - a day long event that precedes the Green Jobs Now National Day of Action on the 27th. Keynote speakers at the event are Majora Carter, founder of Sustainable South Bronx, and Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, State President of the NAACP. The conference is being billed as a catalyst for major green jobs initiatives in the state:
" This conference will serve as a catalyst for a sustainable, just, green economy initiative in Durham and North Carolina; create an awareness of the benefits, opportunities, and resources in a green economy; begin to identify community assets and needs and the research, partnerships, and policy changes required to transition to a just, green economy; and foster an alliance between the environmental movement, the social justice movement, and the business community the that jointly works for economic opportunities that protect our natural resources."
Those wanting to check out a little more about what they may see at the conference should check out Majora Carter's 2006 TED speech - without doubt one of the most moving cases for sustainability and environmental justice I've ever heard.
::Growing a Just, Green Economy::via press release::