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The Blue Green Alliance was formed by the Steelworkers Union and the Sierra Club in 2006. Recently, the Communication Workers of America (CWA), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) announced that they were joining the Blue Green Alliance. By joining forces, the Alliance now unites more than 6 million people working to create a Green Economy based on justice and fairness.
The Alliance is a strong advocate of a Green Economic Recovery:
“If we invest $100 billion into six green strategies, we project it will create 2 million jobs“
This is a real movement growing to make change, to make a new future. This is the path to economic recovery, sustainable growth and economic fairness. More, after the fold.
(a version of this diary is also on Daily Kos at http://www.dailykos.com/story/… )
Founded in June 2006 by the Steelworkers Union and the Sierra Club, the Alliance is dedicated to solving the core problems of our era, environmental degredation and economic fairness, because they are intertwined:
“The Blue/Green Alliance is one of the most important initiatives undertaken by the environmental movement in decades,” said Carl Pope, Executive Director of the Sierra Club.
“We have reached a point in the development of a global economy where we can either use our planet’s resources for long-term sustainability or to create an ever more dangerous polarization of wealth and poverty. Our new alliance allows us to address the great challenge of the global economy in the 21st century–how to provide good jobs, a clean environment and a safer world.”
“Good jobs and a clean environment are important to American workers–we cannot have one without the other, said Leo W. Gerard, International President of USW. “In fact, secure 21st century jobs are those that will help solve the problem of global warming with energy efficiency and renewable energy.”
The Alliance is growing with the addition of SEIU, America’s fastest growing union and strong supporters of Barack Obama in the recent election, LIUNA, CWA, and the NRDC. It has a bold agenda of fundamentally changing our economy through green solutions:
Together, the Alliance represents more than 6 million people, and its goal is nothing less than to transform the U.S. economy through global warming solutions.
Joining the member groups was Kit Batten of the Center for American Progress, one of the authors of “Green Recovery: A program to create good jobs and start building a low-carbon economy.”
“If we invest $100 billion into six green strategies, we project it will create 2 million jobs,” said Batten. The six strategies she described were retrofitting buildings, building a “smart” power grid, expanding mass transit, and investment in the renewable energy sources of wind, solar and advanced biofuels.
She and others on the panel described a growing level of political support for a “green recovery.” Stimulating demand for wind turbines, other renewable energy equipment, and materials for retrofitting could be the fastest way to revitalize U.S. steel, manufacturing and construction industries.
It’s a real alliance, because justice for working people is intimately tied to a new Green Economy, and vice versa:
For example, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club have endorsed the Employee Free Choice Act, a union-backed bill that would protect workers’ rights to join unions. The Sierra Club has mobilized members to write to their Congress members to support the bill.
The road to recovery is a green road:
Changing the way we produce and consume energy in the United States — building a market for renewable energy and making our homes more energy efficient — will not only create good jobs, it will reduce global warming pollution and help the U.S. to gain its independence from foreign oil.
We can create jobs in a multitude of industries — including construction, manufacturing, agriculture and transportation — by investing in a green economy. These are jobs that people already work in today. With investments in wind and solar power, building retrofits, mass transit, biofuels and smart grid transmission systems, we are putting people back to work, creating new jobs and rebuilding the energy infrastructure in the United States.
So as it turns out, the answers to our economic and climate challenges are interdependent. And unlikely allies are advocating for the green economy. The Blue Green Alliance — a unique coalition of U.S. labor unions and environmental organizations — was founded on the mission that investing in clean energy creates new jobs and helps preserve the environment for future generations.
Go here for more generally on the Blue Green Alliance.
The “road” to building a Green America with a growing middle class is a “supertrain” powered by windmill-made electricity, built and maintained by American workers with good union jobs.
That’s change worth hoping for, and I believe we can make it real.