#GLOBE2016 - Stand with oil sands workers calling for renewable energy

#GLOBE2016

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After attending GLOBE 2016 Conference & Innovation Expo in Vancouver, we are more excited than ever for the future of Canadian energy. 

Right off the bat, a round of applause to the organizers of GLOBE. Thank you to all who stopped by our booth. We received so many words of encouragement. It was amazing to have so many enlightening conversations with those making Canada's climate commitments a reality. We are increasingly confident that workers' voices will be considered in the complex decisions that lie ahead. 

A few visitors had a confused look on their face when they first read our byline, "Oilsands Workers for Renewable Energy". We are really grateful to have had the opportunity to share our perspectives with them and advocate for a place for trades workers in the future of Canadian energy. After a brief chat, it would click: There are great opportunities for Canada's skilled trades people in the renewable sector.  We want to help foster an environment where those who have spent their working lives in the oilsands and other extractive sectors feel there is a place for them. Moreover, we want to see that these workers have the skills they need to succeed in tomorrow's diverse energy projects.

 

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We welcome the calls for a "just transition" by the many elected representatives, policy makers and academics who attended, but we are going to move forward with our plans to build tangible solutions to ensure Canadian oilsands workers are trained in a range of new renewable energy technologies.

Stay tuned! We'll be launching our first media campaign March 21st in Edmonton. We hope to see you there :).

Oh, and if you didn't get a chance at GLOBE please sign our pledge of support for Canadian oilsands workers calling for more renewable energy opportunities.

 

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  • commented 2016-03-19 12:31:21 -0700
    Now this is what we need more of. And perhaps its also time to suggest that the primary reason we haven’t moved faster, on solar in particular, is because our trillionaires, with all their dead money, can’t envision a way that distributed solar would make a windfall for them. When you’re used to making a killing, making a living seems like a waste of time, energy and money.

    But for the people? For the prosperity of Alberta? For the planet??? Solar energy is a no brainer….as are most of the renewables, responsibly engineered. Workers cooperatives, community enterprise. the time has come for the consumers to transition to producers…and live in harmony with the planets limits.