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Getting into hot water to make sustainable jobs a reality
There is much support across the community for sustainable job creation but is it really happening? With new environmental technologies coming through at a rapid pace we know that there are jobs in installation and retail - but what about ‘green collar’ manufacturing? What about jobs in areas that are reliant on coal like Morwell in the Latrobe Valley? What future for these vulnerable communities?
Moving beyond the tiresome environment vs. jobs debate there are now real examples of green job creation in a range of industries such as new social enterprises like the Green Worker and Evergreen co-ops in the US that are changing the game. Earthworker, a similar Australian initiative, wants to build a green collar job revolution in Australia and has been working with a range of union and faith-based organisations towards this for quite some time.
Now with strong support from the community their crowdfunding campaign (see StartSomeGood crowdfunding campaign) has almost tipped and they will be ready to get into solar hot water manufacturing under licence this year.
Want to know more? Come along to a great evening with expert speakers on worker-ownership, the sustainable economy and innovation - including Richard Dennis from the Australia Institute and Angela Perry from Employee Ownership Australia and check some great music while you are at it (including Super XX Man).
You might even want to start your own green co-op!
Earthworker wants to broaden the discussion with you so we can create more green collar jobs of our own while caring for our natural environment together.
Join us for some informed discussion about prospects for employee-ownership and a more sustainable economy.
March 7, 5:30pm, Richmond Union Bowling Club
Introduction - Steven Lynch, National Community Banking Manager at bankmecu
A couch discussion, with you, featuring:
Angela Perry, Chair, Employee Ownership Australia
Carly Hammond, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Australian Conservation Foundation
Dave Kerin, Earthworker founder
Richard Dennis, Australia Institute (the Institute has conducted recent research on co-operatives and sustainable economic models).
Facilitated by Julian Waters-Lynch, Hub Melbourne Ambassador, PhD candidate: The Future of Work: Collaboration, Transparency and Power.
Entertainment after the couch:
Where: Richmond Union Bowling Club, 2 Gleadell Street, Richmond (near Bridge Rd., Town Hall tram stop).
Meals: general pub fare at club bistro + vego option will be made available (club prices).
Date, time: 5:30pm, Thursday, 7 March
Payments (by donation): Eventbrite or on the door
- $20 – includes Earthworker membership and entry
- $5 – for Earthworker members and for all those who have pledged to the Earthworker StartSomeGood crowdfunding campaign.
When & Where
The Earthworker Co-Operative Vision is to develop the social sector of the Australian economy based on co-operative principles in sustainable production.
The Primary Activity (mission) of the Earthworker Co-operative is to facilitate the establishment of worker co-operatives – manufacturing renewable energy technologies, initially solar hot water systems, throughout regional Australia and specifically in Australian coal regions.
Earthworker Active Membership requires:
* contribution towards the establishment of the manufacturing co-operatives through assisting the co-operative in attracting new Earthworker Co-operative members; and/or,
* provision of financial assistance to the worker co-operatives through the purchase of shares; and/or,
* provision of assistance with marketing and any other forms of support required by the manufacturing co-operatives.
To remain an Earthworker, members must actively support the co-operative as specified in the above areas.