NEWSLETTER – MARCH 2013

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March 2013

This month, we bring you the launch of two exciting new reports, an opportunity for free horticultural work training, and an invite to a green jobs day of action THIS Saturday, organised by the UK Youth Climate Coalition, amongst other things!

Before you start reading, if your organisation would like to publicly show their support for an inclusive green economy, do send us your logo to put on the East London Green Jobs Alliance website, and we will get in touch about further learning and networking opportunities.

FREE Horticultural work training for 16-25 year olds

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GREEN JOBS ARE A-GO! Grow your way to a green-fingered career on The Otesha Project UK’s newest programme -‘Branch Out’! Want to work outside, get some environmental qualifications and find a great green job at the end? Then join our 1st programme from April- June in Hackney!

Branch Out is totally FREE and open to ALL 16-25 year olds who can travel to East London 2 days a week. If you, or someone you know, wants to join this course and find work then get in contact with Tamsin by emailingtamsin@otesha.org.uk or calling 020 3609 6763.

Hot off the press

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The big news this month is that French energy company EDF are suing No Dash For Gas activists for £5m, for occupying one of the company’s power plants in October last year. The activists were protesting the use of fossil fuels, and the effect of carbon emissions on our health and our planet. You can support them by signingthis Change.org petition, which has attracted more than 64,000 signatures, including those of Naomi Klein, Margaret Atwood, Richard Dawkins and Mark Ruffalo.

You can also support the No Dash for Gas activists, and contribute to the building of a cleaner, greener world, by switching your electricity and gas account away from the Big Six, and across to a small, green energy provider. Find more information here.

New report – Green and Decent Jobs: Alliance-building for a Green Economy

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We’re pleased to announce the publication of a new report by Intentionality CIC and The Otesha Project UK.

Being an account of real on-the-ground experience, illustrating how and why the growth of green jobs in the UK is being held back, both Otesha and Intentionality hope that this report can be used as a tool by other groups seeking to start their own green jobs initiatives. It has been written with a diverse readership in mind, in particular:

  • for public bodies interested in job creation,
  • for young people and their youth workers interested in finding a career with green credentials
  • for campaigners and environmentalists
  • and for policymakers at a regional, national and international level.

Our nine recommendations are aimed primarily at local groups engaged in creating green jobs, or thinking about doing so.

Please circulate the report to friends and colleagues – and if you can promote it on social media and blog about it, we’d be hugely grateful.

New report – The essential guide to green hair and beauty uncovered

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Capacity Global have launched a new report about greening the hair and beauty industry, as part of their Skin project.

The hair and beauty sector is made up of unsung neighbourhood businesses through to global brand leaders with the potential to be the front runners on greener and profitable business, developing a new generation of environmentally aware and skilled people from diverse walks of life.

The government, unions, training and business sectors recognise that the next wave of all jobs have to be fairer and greener for the planet, people and profit.

The message is loud and clear – green business and jobs are not just about solar panels. Read the report to find out how the hair and beauty industry can lead the way on forging the green economy!

Opportunities

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Green Jobs Day of Action 16th March

On Saturday 16th March young people from across the country will be gathering with their friends and peers to ask our MPs to help make Green Jobs accessible to young people across the UK.

We’re calling on MPs to ensure the Government listens to the Climate Change Committee’s advice to include an ambitious de-carbonisation target in the Energy Bill. It’s crucial that we get this target to the Bill and give the green light to green industries to invest in Green Jobs. We are on the brink of laying some fundamental foundations to our clean, fair future. Come join us to make this happen.

LSIS London Region Event – Sustainability and Employability

How can we integrate Sustainable Development in the tertiary sector?

A workshop to identify the current state of play in embedding education for sustainable development (ESD) across the sector. We will look at the main obstacles and key policy changes needed.

We are fast approaching the end of the UN Decade for ESD (2015). Progress has been painfully slow. A ‘Skills for Sustainability’ consultation document from the Green Economy Council is due to be published before Easter. But will it deliver what the tertiary sector needs?

This event will bring together people from across Adult and Community, Work Based Learning, FE, and HE to:
– Identify the obstacles that prevent the education sector embedding ESD
– Review current proposals from government and within the sector
– Compare current practice across the London Region
– Identify the main changes needed to promote ESD across all parts of the sector

This will be a practical day designed to influence organisations within education and other policy makers. There will be lots of time to contribute in small group discussions and full sessions. Please diary this event and we will send out further programme details shortly.

Date: Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm

Refreshments: Included

Cost: Free of charge

Venue: UCU Head Office, Carlow St, London NW1 7LH (nearest tube – Mornington Crescent)

Registration: For further information and to register please contact: Graham Petersen, LSIS London Region Sustainability Adviser.
Email: graham.petersen@south-thames.ac.uk
Mobile: 07879492339

That’s it for now – do email us your opportunities and stories for next month’s newsletter. Send to hanna@greenjobsalliance.org.uk.

Hanna

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