Discussion 2: New opportunities and challenges



Addressing climate change is a call to action from British Columbians. That’s why the provincial government has created the CleanBC plan. It provides a pathway to a cleaner, better future.

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New energy storage systems, including batteries for marine vessels

Building a cleaner future means new opportunities for people and businesses. And it means creating good jobs across the province by doing things better.

We want to make sure everyone has access to these kinds of opportunities. We want to make sure people have the right training for the different jobs.  We want to make sure we empower people to overcome barriers to getting these good jobs.

As we take action keep pollution and as new jobs and professions emerge, people in B.C. need to be ready. We want to hear your vision for our future economy. Where do you see yourself, your friends, and your family as part of it? How do we help smooth the challenges or barriers you and your family might face?

 

Questions:

How do you see your children, grandchildren, or yourself working in these new areas? What’s your vision for these opportunities?

How do we help make sure that, as industries change and grow, that there can and will be opportunity for everyone?

 

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6 responses to “Discussion 2: New opportunities and challenges

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    [-] Mark Lister

    We need to ensure a just transition – that subsidies are directed away from fossil fuel industries, and into renewable energies, where they can be used to retrain workers from those fossil fuel industries. Jobs should be decently paid and unionized.

    Also, many of these jobs and opportunities will be in helping our communities live more sustainably – for example, building more dense, affordable housing, and improving public transit so there is less need to drive.

    We must look to indigenous peoples for leadership as part of reconciliation. They are already taking the lead in solar farms (Tsilhqot’in) and affordable housing (Squamish – under development in Kitsilano).

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    [-] Sue Maxwell

    For these opportunities, schools teach the younger kids about the opportunities, higher education trains them for it, policies encourage these positions over polluting/extractive jobs.
    Support is provided to help workers in extractive (in particular all fossil fuel jobs including LNG) transition to green jobs such as retraining, pension bridging if workers are older and switching from subsidizing harmful jobs/industries to beneficial ones.

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    [-] Keith Dunne

    Smiling up for the future is going to be about broad self sufficiency and community first economics. This means that issues of resilience and sustainability are woven into community life and not commuter life.

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    [-] carlin

    I dont get the question, what is “opportunity”
    For you it means a good carreer or job
    To me it means, workerizm and an acceptable form of slavery.
    The engine made the average canadian 100x more efficient for buisnesses yet the worker get paid the same comparered to a man in the late 60s where is the extra 99% going? The global market basket is 99% backwards.

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    [-] Laura

    I believe the province should work on supporting transition from fossil fuel based jobs to “green” or other jobs. Something to consider for example would be to use a percentage of carbon tax funds to invest in an exit strategy for fossil fuel based jobs. Voluntary re-education and re-injection program for people interested in transitioning. Support with education, employment services etc.

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    [-] Shawn

    I concur with Laura that we need to work proactively to support transitioning away from fossil fuel jobs to a more green / renewable based economy, however we must be mindful that it took a century to build up our current infrastructure and we simply cannot turn off the fossil fuel switch and expect a new infrastructure to take its place overnight. This transition will be difficult, but we must remember that we have families, communities, and provinces that rely on this industry. This approach will certainly not meet the “purity” test for many eco-minded individuals, of which I count myself a part of, but I believe it is the best approach moving forward as a country.

    I would whole heartedly support provincial and federal governments to aggressively direct carbon tax funds and royalties from the fossil fuel industry to seriously invest and support a new green economy. I would like these funds to be used in similar ways to how Norway has invested its North Sea royalties by supporting a new electric car infrastructure, wind and solar development, improved construction practices, geo thermal development, our version of a Sovereign wealth fund, etc..

    These changes will help to address the concerns of climate change, while at the same time create job opportunities for everyone in Canada.