The New Green Economy
by: Jim Bell, June 17, 2009 8:06:48 pm
Every day we hear predictions of how climate change is going to force all of us to change the way we live and work. The Joint Center for Economic Studies is holding meetings around the country, to get African-Americans and other minorities more engaged in the climate change discussion now, so they can reap some of the benefits of what lies ahead. One such meeting will be held tonight in Houston. Brandon Dudley is Chief of Staff for Senator Rodney Ellis, who will co-host the meeting, and Dudley says they'll meet with leaders of minority communities.
"Trying to get them potential effects of climate change, negatively and as well, positive economic opportunities that may arise."
Dudley says just the alternative energies climate change will require will create a universe of new jobs and opportunities.
"Whether it's transitioning to more wind, solar, energy, more energy efficiency requirements and things like that, from manufacturing wind turbines to just going and doing energy efficiency installations in homes in your communities, there's just new jobs that people are gonna have to be trained for, and how we're going to implement those, and where those jobs will be."
Dudley says it all comes under the umbrella of what they're calling "The New Green Economy." The public forum will be this evening from 6 till 8pm at the Communications Workers of America union hall at 1730 Jefferson in downtown Houston.
Jim Bell, KUHF, Houston Public Radio News.