Newsletter – April 2013

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April 2013

Welcome to the April edition of the East London Green Jobs Alliance newsletter, and dare we say that spring has sprung?!

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.

Branch Out!

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The Otesha Project UK’s horticultural work training programme has just started (and just in time for National Gardening week!). As you can see, the trainees are already busy getting their hands dirty!

There are still a couple of spaces left, so if you know any 16-25 year olds who would be interested in this FREE training programme, then find out more here. Alternatively, get in touch with tamsin@otesha.org.uk.

Hot off the press

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Some good news! 100 green jobs have been generated in East Kent by the world’s largest working offshore wind farm…

While the not so good news is that MEPs have today rejected a key reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, leaving a tonne of CO2 in the EU ETS scheme currently costing the same price as a hamburger.

Take action

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15 year old Esha is a secondary school student and a member of the UK Youth Climate Coalition. She felt so strongly about Michael Gove keeping climate change out of the curriculum that she started a petition on Change.org.

You can sign the petition now and read her point of view below, for why it is crucial to keep climate change within the curriculum.

“My name is Esha and I am a secondary school student from The Heathland School. Geography has always fascinated me. Volcanoes, globalisation, development, you name it. It’s the one subject that has left me with the desire to find out more. In fact, it inspired me enough to realise that not only is the earth a beautiful place, but one that is in desperate need of our help. More importantly, it inspired me to get out there and do as much as I could.

Climate change is the most pressing and threatening issue to modern day society. Through lack of understanding from generations before us, we are having to fix it. And how can we do this without education? However, yet again, our government – part of the generation who bear more responsibility for this problem intend to not only fail to act on climate change themselves, but to obscure the truth, and any chance we have of acting from children and young people. It is outrageous that Michael Gove can even consider the elimination of climate change education for under 14s. We must keep climate change in our curriculum in order for young people to be as skilled and informed to take on this challenge as we are taking it on today.

Unfortunately, this takes away the potential in the adults of tomorrow to take a stand to cease the loss of their future. Personally, the one thing that inspired me enough to get involved were my Geography lessons. I was able to understand the many issues surrounding climate change, the many perspectives. The beauty of Geography is the fact that it enables us to express frankly the problems earth and humanity faces, without hiding the truth, yet this change is removing the power that it currently possesses. I began to realise that it wasn’t fair that people in my situation were inadvertently causing harm to people less well off due to our own carelessness. I began to realise that it was my responsibility.”

Sign Esha’s petition now!

Case Study – Green job plays powerful role for former jockey

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This month’s case study comes straight from the pages of The Mirror, as they explored green jobs as part of their Get Britain Working campaign.

“Former jockey David da Silva has found a new career as a technical engineer in servicing and repair for British Gas.

After he stopped riding, he tried his hand as an assistant trainer before being made redundant.

David, 31, who has a four-year-old son, said: “It was time to find a new life. One of the many advantages of the new world I’m in is that I help people get the best both economically and environmentally from their boilers. Knowing I make a difference for customers gives me a real buzz.”

David, who lives in Aberfeldy, Perth and Kinross, got the idea for his new career while chatting to an engineer who was servicing his parents’ boiler.

He explained: “It dawned on me that there was a lack of plumbers in our area, so I started to explore my options.”

The Jockeys Employment & Training Scheme helped him enrol on a plumbing course at Perth College.

He said: “It was the best thing I could have done because when I applied for a British Gas apprenticeship that I had seen advertised, I’m sure it gave me an ­advantage over the rest. They could see I was already committed.”

David is now speeding through the ­five-year apprenticeship.

“I’ve just started going to jobs on my own – I love interacting with customers. Key to my work is advising them on how to get the best value from their boilers. I know I make a difference.””

Opportunities

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17 April

Live twitter Q&A with clean tech venture capitalist Steve Westly

This is a chance for anyone to ask questions directly to Steve on the subject of prospects for the clean energy industry. The Q&A session will be between 5:15 and 6:15pm and questions should be tweeted @ClimateGroup and include #CleanRevolution. More info available by clicking here.

And if you’re in Washington, DC, then pop along to the Green Jobs, Good Jobs conference which is happening April 16 – 18. Failing that, catch up on what happens via their blog.

And that’s it for another month! Do email us your opportunities and stories for next month’s newsletter. Send to hanna@greenjobsalliance.org.uk.

Hanna

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