Authors: Greg Bell, Green For All
Chances are that you know someone with a green job. You just may not know it.
The green economy is growing quickly and broadly – and often out of sight, or in ways that, at first blush, don't strike people as "green." It's more than wind farms and solar panels — it also includes water, food, waste and recycling, and other industries that are some of the fastest growing in the nation.
At a time when the American economy is broken, green sectors are creating jobs, which is why we can help fix the economy by fixing the planet.
That's what Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All, told a near-capacity crowd this morning at the Aspen Ideas Festival. The event was moderated by Alexis Madrigal, senior editor at The Atlantic and author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology.
During their talk, Phaedra highlighted the enormous promise of green jobs, which are predicted to grow 6.3% annually for the next five years. She also stressed that, in order to restore hope and opportunity in America's forgotten communities, it's critical that the nation invests in growing sectors that giving dignity back to workers, rather than dying industries which harm others.
Common sense, right? Well, not everyone thinks so, which is why the conversation touched upon the loud and forceful opposition facing the green economy; in response, a woman from Washington, DC asked why don't more people see that with green jobs, we all win?
I ask the same question. After all, with so many Americans losing jobs and losing their optimism for the future - it would be great for working Americans to win again.