Canadians often hear that the economy is a greater priority than the environment. Yet polls show that we continue to regard climate change as a pressing political and moral issue. The work of GreenJobs BC shows that protecting the environment and the economy can, and should, go hand in hand.
GreenJobs BC exists to strengthen communication and cooperation between labour and environmental organizations (including the David Suzuki Foundation) to advance economic and environmental initiatives that provide good green jobs, are socially equitable, ecologically responsible and result in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The upcoming conference Good Jobs for a Green Future will do just that.
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The GreenJobs BC Conference will take place September 21 and 22, 2012, at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Vancouver. The conference will bring together 200 British Columbians from across the labour and environmental movements, as well as business, First Nations, community, government and other sectors interested in building a strong green economy. Through a combination of panel discussions, educational seminars and plenary speakers, participants will deepen their understanding of the issues and be part of mapping out a green jobs plan for the province.
The conference keynote speech will be given by Anabella Rosemberg, policy officer on environment and occupational health and safety of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). Rosemberg has coordinated the international trade union movement's input to major environmental intergovernmental processes, notably the UNFCCC, since 2007. Featured case studies will look at localizing economies, urban agriculture, worker cooperatives and greening initiatives in the postal service, hotels, health care and skilled trades.
Good Jobs for a Green Future will also provide an abundance of networking and relationship-building opportunities across sectors. Good jobs, green jobs, a green economy and healthy ecosystems are big and worthwhile goals. And if we're going to get there, it's going to be because we worked together. So join us, and GreenJobs BC, as we make it happen.