How will green jobs benefit our communities?

April 25, 2008

Due to the influence of scholar/activists like Van Jones, "green-collar jobs" has become a buzz phrase. But to what extent will this mixture of environmental activism and corporate America help to revitalize underprivileged communities across the U.S.?

Aaron Tanaka of the Boston Workers' Alliance has recently published an article describing some of the challenges and opportunities associated with the green jobs industry, and how that relates to Dr. King's vision for the abolition of poverty. Tananka writes, "We should ask whether CO2 reduction would simply add to the coffers of large corporations, or whether green collar jobs can represent real pathways out of poverty." Check out Tanaka’s insightful commentary in Peacework Magazine, an independent New England publication with a focus on social justice.