By Kristen Beifus and Tom Lux, Environment Committee Co-Chairs
Our planet is suffering and so are we, as workers and members of the community. What can we do to ensure there are good family wage jobs that don’t endanger the environment and don’t speed up climate change? Many things need to be done to improve our communities that would provide family wage jobs and would not adversely effect on our environment. Developing our mass transit infrastructure, road and bridge repair, renovating and retrofitting publicly used buildings, building capacity for solar and wind power conversion, building a smart grid – all provide job creation opportunities.
PSARA does not believe that we need to make the choice between jobs and the environment. We can support living wage jobs while promoting a healthy environment and not contributing to climate change.
The science is clear – at the rate we are going, our children and grandchildren will be facing ecological disasters we can not even imagine.
The unemployment and underemployment numbers are also clear. Certain labor sectors in our communities are facing 25% unemployment. Not counted are those who are under-employed and struggling to provide basic needs for themselves and their families. We need to advocate for sustainable, living wage jobs and workers rights.
Do you agree? Come to the upcoming PSARA Forum – Jobs & the Environment NOT Jobs vs. the Environment, Tuesday, July 16th, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Central Area Senior Center, 500 30th Ave. S., Seattle. Be part of advocating for job creation in WA and for keeping our communities healthy now and into the future.