Insight News: Economic and environmental crisis

On September 8, US Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) held a public forum to discuss ideas and policies that will make clean energy jobs more available to Minnesotans.

The narrow government definition of a ‘green job’ often has deterred people from thinking about how they can help their environment just by going to work. Green jobs can be anything that improves our health or reduces our carbon footprint—from installing solar panels to simply using earth-friendly products.

The featured speaker at the forum was Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All, a national organization working to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. She addressed the difficulties in getting people of color involved in the green movement. Ellis-Lamkins said, “Because of the economic crisis, everyone is feeling the pain. We have to be honest and say that we need more jobs, but we also deserve better jobs…jobs that allow people to provide for their families but also help the environment…projects that we know our friends and neighbors will be working on.”

Green For All is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. The organization works in collaboration with business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in the green industry while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of their agenda.

Ellison admitted that it can be “discouraging for people going to the polls who have not seen the change that they have wanted.”

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