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As a result of the global recession, jobs have been lost at an alarming rate around the world. In addition, with the state of the environment, people need to focus on making serious changes. Green jobs are a potential solution for both of these problems.
Lately, Pelley has also been working on organizations that are traditionally some of the greatest enemies to sustainability, such as in the mining industries. He says mining “probably has some of the biggest challenges” but “if you go in and you make changes, even small incremental changes, a one-percent reduction in admissions from a [mine or] power plant is absolutely huge. It’s probably more than greening every coffee shop in Halifax.”
Pelley sees a lot of potential for green jobs in Nova Scotia, from local food production to alternative energy: “Look at the wind industry, we have one of the best wind regimes in the entire world here. That’s a huge opportunity that we should be capitalizing on. The tidal energy potential out here is huge and largely untapped . . . if it’s going to happen anywhere it’s going to happen here.”
In addition, there’s definitely a business case for going green; it saves energy, reduces waste and improves the health and vitality of our society. BALLE is an organization focused on green business, it’s a network of locally owned independent businesses dedicated to green, sustainable, ethical business practices. BALLE’s focus is on “laying the foundation for a prosperous Nova Scotia” through “growing and celebrating local living economies,” says former start-up co-ordinator Janet Larkman.
Larkman suggests there is “tremendous potential” for green jobs in the province. “The sooner businesses can address that the future is green the sooner we will be prepared for a sustainable future,” she says.
Green jobs encourage a more sustainable environment and economy by creating necessary employment that, in Pelley’s words, “is part of helping the world reach this dynamic equilibrium that can go on indefinitely.”