Tomorrow, May 1, is May Day, a holiday with Celtic roots that in most parts of the world today is a celebration of workers and the achievements of organized labor. Today’s blog is dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of people who work to restore the environment, break away from fossil fuels and teach children and adults about the importance of protecting and respecting nature. Environmental activists, teachers and parents, solar and wind turbine installers and factory workers, nature restoration workers, organic farmers, bicycle repairers, energy efficiency retrofitters, recycling technicians–look around and you may be amazed to discover how many people work so hard to conserve resources and restore our planet to health.
Let’s show a little love for the green sector laborers and innovators who steadfastly ignore all the bad news and keep doing good. And let’s not forget that, no matter where we work, we have organized labor to thank for the eight-hour work day, workplace safety regulations and other basic employment rights we in the U.S. take for granted.
We’ll have a lot more safe, healthy, well-paying green jobs if we invest in renewable energy (2.5 million net new jobs to be exact if we pass strong energy and climate legislation, according to a report out this week by the Center for Climate Strategies). Or we can send those future installers and retrofitters to the Middle East. I know which path I’d like my own child to follow. How about yours?