Monday, September 22, 2008

Can green jobs help save the economy as well as the planet?

Next Saturday is
Green Jobs Now
National Day of Action

More than 800,000 workers lost their jobs in the last four months, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Summary. More than half of those, 417,000 breadwinners, lost their jobs just last month.

Both presidential candidates support green jobs as a way to stimulate the economy, help workers and solve some of our energy problems. Green Jobs Now and the organizations that support it aren't waiting until January 20 for those jobs to appear. They're taking action now.

So can you. Watch this video, then jump to Green Jobs Now and check out what's happening in your neck of the woods. Better still, sign up to host an event or take an action yourself. The key is to let our civic and national leaders know we're all looking for green jobs now.

How exciting is it, to know that so many ordinary people, in so many ordinary places, are looking for jobs that give back more than a paycheck--jobs that help us all build a more Ordinary kind of future?

I'd love to hear what you're doing to promote green jobs this week. If you can do nothing else, share this post with people you know.


  1. Despite the stats, I see thousands of 125K jobs posted on employment sites:

    There are tons of jobs if you look.

  2. That's good news, Ray. Thank you for sharing. It would be interesting to learn how many of the 400,000+ individuals who lost jobs in August are eligible for those $125k jobs. It would also be interesting to learn the ratio of open positions overall to job seekers overall.

    It would be even more interesting to learn how many of those are new positions and of those, how many are green jobs.


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