Blog posts tagged with 'green economy'
By Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager
Just to be factually accurate: it wasn’t a ‘speech’ as such, but simply ‘intro remarks':
MT @gregbarkermp: Cameron reboots greenest-government pledge. Getting great feedback on PM Speech! > No10 says not a speech, "intro remarks"
After winning an award in 2009 Svati Bogle has set up a social business, Sustaintech, that takes the robust model of delivering energy efficient cook stoves to the vast middle income businesses and street vendors across India.
Today’s announcement that nearly 3,000 jobs are going at BAE is a tragedy, not just for the employees and their families, but for their wider communities also. But could this be turned into an opportunity instead of another depressing story of job losses? Could the government look at redeploying this highly skilled workforce in the green jobs sector, building wind turbines and regenerating those communities?
Back from the IPPR learning-exchange to California, in her third blog, Gill Harper of St Columb Minor School reflects on what she has learnt about green jobs in the USA. She explores what can be brought over to the UK and in particular to communities in Cornwall.
I learnt a lot from my trip to the California. In particular, I’ve noticed that American alliances are ambitious and have been fortunate to have backing by the federal and state governments. In the UK we can learn from them and firstly aim high. Although the funding gap between America and the UK is vast, our results in job creation look better by comparison.
We should, however, seriously consider strategies to manufacture green technologies which would have a substantial impact on job creation and to consider the broader opportunities for growing a green economy.
My understanding now is that ‘green jobs’ are not new jobs but they are existing jobs that need up-skilling.
Gill Harper, Business Manager at Ashden Award winner St Columb Minor, has just returned from San Francisco as part of a learning exchange organised by the Institute of Public Policy and Research (IPPR). Following on from her blog in April, Gill today outlines the places she visited and what she learnt on days four and five of the trip. Gill meets Emily Kirsch of the inspirational Ella Baker Center, leader of the green-collar jobs campaign, she also visits an urban ‘releaf’ project which is creating jobs through planting trees in cities, an independent think-tank advocating green manufacturing called the Breakthrough Institute and the national organisation Green for All which is building a green jobs movement. Finally, Gill encounters Roots of Success which is bringing green ideas into the curriculum.