January 2017

Happy New Year 2017!

We're only a few weeks into the new year and yet there is so much to follow on climate, jobs and the economy. From announcements here in Canada to a change of leadership in the U.S., 2017 promises to be a year that will call on all of us to be tenacious champions for a fair and timely transition to a low-carbon economy - an economy that will put people to work and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Green Jobs BC aims to assist you in 2017 with useful resources including an upcoming Election Tool Kit (look for that in late February). And, if you did not make it to our Jobs Today, Jobs Tomorrow - BC's Green Jobs Conference last November, many of the presentations are posted on our website. You can also visit our Facebook page to see our conference photo gallery.

This month's newsletter offers links to insightful articles on the global tide of clean, renewable energy (by Barack Obama) and some sobering observations from author and futurist, Alex Steffen, on what to expect from the new U.S. president when it comes to energy policy. 


Calls to Action

ACW and Black Trade Unionists Launch Environmental Racism Project

The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Canada (CBTU)  has partnered with Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW) on an action research initiative on Environmental Racism.

The project explores impacts of climate change on racialized communities in Canada and invites climate justice activists to participate through Facebook and on Twitter using the hashtag #EnvRacismCBTUACW

Click here to learn more about the project.

January’s Curated Green Jobs Reading List

The Need to Take the High Road to a Low-Carbon Economy

Lisa Matthaus and Darryl Walker for Green Jobs BC | The Vancouver Sun | December 5, 2016

“If we see that our trading partners are serious about meeting their climate goals, then what should B.C.’s climate and jobs strategies look like? To begin with, let’s stop thinking about them as two separate things. If we are serious about reducing emissions, we will create jobs. In fact, around the world, climate policy is the driver of green job growth.”

Read: The need to take the high road to a low-carbon economy

Green Jobs BC: Working Together Toward a Just Transition

Tim Pearson | Sierra Club of BC | January 5, 2017

“The health of our economy cannot be separated from the health of our environment,” writes Tim Pearson from Sierra Club of BC, a Green Jobs BC Alliance member. “To achieve long-lasting solutions, we need to build a broad and sustainable political consensus on the need for action. All of society needs to work together for a future that supports sustainable jobs in a healthy environment, a future that leaves no-one behind.”

Read: Green Jobs BC: Working together toward a just transition

The Irreversible Momentum of Clean Energy

President Barack Obama | Science Magazine | January 9, 2017

In the January 2017 issue of Science, President Barack Obama makes a compelling case for the continued growth of clean energy and what’s really working for the U.S. economy. The President argues the momentum of clean energy is a powerful and irreversible wave that will leave countries behind if they don't act quickly.

Read: The irreversible momentum of clean energy

Trump, Putin and the Pipelines to Nowhere

Alex Steffen | Blog | December 15, 2016

Best-selling author and futurist, Alex Steffen, shares his observations about the president-elect’s cabinet appointments: “Trump has surrounded himself with more oil industry and oil industry connected people than any president in history (even George W. Bush). You can’t understand what’s going on with Trump unless you understand the oil industry… and you can’t understand the oil industry without understanding climate change.”

Read: Trump, Putin and the Pipelines to Nowhere

Upcoming Events

2017 High Ground: Leadership in Transitioning Times

Join Mayors, City Councillors and School Trustees from across Canada at The Columbia Institute’s 2017 Centre for Civic Governance Forum in Vancouver, BC from March 31 - April 1.

This event aims to help elected leaders gain a deeper understanding of pressing civic issues, including environmental leadership, through a series of presentations, case studies and skills development experiences.

Registration is now open. Click here to register at the early bird rate available until March 1, 2017