Fighting poverty and pollution with green jobs

Authors: Karen Monahan | Green For All Fellow

Cross posted from the Sierra Club North Star Chapter

Last week Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis was in the Twin Cities to meet with representatives from a wide range of groups about creating green jobs in the state of Minnesota. Several elected officials, environmental organizations, labor groups, green business and others were present at a roundtable with the Secretary, hosted by the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation, to discuss the GreenPOWER program, and the pros and cons of green business and the job market here in Minnesota.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and others raised their concerns about growing disparities in unemployment between whites and blacks in the Twin Cities - Minnesota has the second greatest racial disparity when it comes to unemployment in the United States. There has been some progress, but we still have a way to go concerning equity. The Secretary stated that the green business movement must be strong enough to lift all boats, and that it must not leave anybody behind; that we can fight pollution and poverty at the same time.

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