Authors: Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO
Change is neither easy nor instantaneous.
But change from last century's pollution-soaked economy to this century's clean, green economy is inevitable. The polluters know that, but they're committed to wringing a last few dollars out of their old ways of doing business. And the tactic they're using is the same one we've seen before: calling the green economy a failure.
The facts don't back that up. The green economy is real, strong and growing - but definitely not as fast as we'd like.
Today, I wrote a piece for Treehugger that I'd like to share with you. You can read the whole thing here, but here's an excerpt:
In July, the Brookings Institution released a report detailing the extent of the green economy. Some 2.7 million Americans work at green jobs – more than work in the fossil fuel industry. The US Conference of Mayors estimates that number will almost triple by 2040. And green jobs are quality jobs. Median wages are 13 percent higher than the median – and they're available to more Americans who have a high school degree. Investment in clean energy projects yields more than three times as many jobs as investing in fossil fuels. »
The road to a new, clean economy definitely has its share of potholes. But the last thing we should accept is roadblocks from people trying to slow us down.