Projects - Iron & Earth

Projects

Climate Career Portal

The Climate Career Portal is a digital platform that connects fossil fuel industry workers with career path opportunities in the net-zero economy, along with climate solution information, industry resources, and connections to training opportunities to support their career transition.

Prosperous Transition

Oil giant BP just announced that the world has likely hit peak oil and demand will decline rapidly into the future1. Meanwhile, workers across the country are struggling with the economic effects of the COVD-19 pandemic.

As fossil fuel industry workers, and friends and family of those in the energy industry, we know fossil fuels have contributed significantly to our lives and economy. We also know it’s time to forge a sustainable energy future that creates over a million new careers.

The Renewable Skills Initiative 

The Renewable Skills Initiative is designed to build up the workforce required to fill the growing need for skilled solar and wind energy industry workers while empowering our core constituency of fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers to enter these industries. The primary trainee target is tradespeople across the spectrum, with a goal of gender parity in our programs.

RenuWell

Declining production from conventional oil and gas fields has left 199,000+ inactive wells and more than 160,000 hectares of disturbed land in Alberta. RenuWell aims to accelerate both the clean up of these sites, while also utilizing the existing roads, powerlines, and disturbed lands to reduce the costs for renewable energy projects. Iron & Earth is core partner on this initiative which is currently in Phase 1. This phase includes community and stakeholder engagement, as well as working with the Municipal District of Taber to develop policies and a best practice guidebook for municipalities who wish to develop similar projects.  In Phase 2, pending funding, we aim to break ground on our pilot project.

Green Resilience Project

The Green Resilience Project (GRP) hosted a series of community conversations on how climate change and income security relate to each other, and how they affect people’s day-to-day lives in communities across Canada. The project was launched by a group of individuals and organizations working in climate change and income security and received funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Climate Action and Awareness Fund. 

The goal was to gather a wide range of perspectives on how big-picture problems like climate change and unsteady incomes affect people’s lives and choices and how those intersect. You can find out more by visiting https://greenresilience.ca/

On January 24th of 2022, Iron & Earth hosted a conversation with a wide range of people from Hinton, Alberta. Our findings can be found in the Communities’ Transition Pathways report released on April 6th of 2022.

Iron & Earth was founded and operates on Indigenous land within Treaty Six Territory and Métis Region 4 in amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (in Nehiyawewin/Cree), so-called Edmonton. The home of many Indigenous Peoples including the Nehiyawak/Cree, Tsuut’ina, Niitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Haudenosaunee/Iroquois, Dene Suliné, Anishinaabe/Ojibway/Saulteaux, and the Inuk/Inuit.

We pay our respects to all Indigenous Peoples of this land. Through their spiritual and practical relationships with the land, a rich heritage for our learning and our life as a community has been created and maintained. We recognize that the transition to a low-carbon future must be led by Indigenous Peoples and that there will be no justice unless we acknowledge and repair our relationship with the land.

We are committed to responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and upholding the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and acknowledge that we are always learning and unlearning practices that minimize harm and lead to the development of trust between us and Indigenous Peoples across Nations and urban centers.