Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Create Jobs With Green Economy

How to create more local jobs 
with a green economy

Nanaimo –The unemployment rate is up and the number of good paying jobs is down. Many younger families are leaving our community for employment in Alberta, harming our economy, closing schools and more.

headshot-JonathanKassian.jpg“This picture can be changed,” says Ian Gartshore, the chairperson of the non-profit Energy Solutions for Vancouver Island. “We could have full employment right here in the mid-island, and a better natural environment, if we shifted our priorities away from fossil fuels and toward green jobs.”

To make this point ESVI is hosting an event on Sunday that will lay out how such a plan could turn the employment situation around.

The plan will focus on how renewable energy, energy efficiency, better public transit and better forestry practises can generate greater economic benefit to local communities.

The presenter, Jonathan Kassian, is from the Vancouver-based GreenJobs BC. He has previously worked as Economist & Research Manager for the Vancouver Economic Development Commission, where he developed strategies to enhance prosperity and sustainability in Vancouver, and led research on the green economy, creative industries, and economic sectors.

This free public event will be held on Sunday, March 2nd at 1:30 p.m. at the Brechin church hall: 1998 Estevan Road, Nanaimo. For more information call 250-754-0698.


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