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A million clean energy jobs could be created in Australia if "dinosaurs" in big business and politics stop blocking action on climate change. Unions want Australia to become a world leader in the emerging industries of the future but we urgently need new laws that promote the necessary investment in clean energy jobs. Key facts about the global clean energy economy include:
  • In 2008 alone, US$155 billion was invested in new clean energy sources, representing a four-fold increase since 2004 and for the first time outstripping investments in fossil fuel technologies.

  • Worldwide, the renewable energy sector already employs an estimated 2.3 million people – more than the total number employed directly by the oil and gas industry.   

  • All credible economic research, including that used by big polluters, shows that Australian jobs and the economy will grow even with significant carbon pollution reductions .
The campaign, backed by The Climate Institute, the ACTU, Australian Council Of Social Service, the Australian Conservation Foundation and WWF, is launching as parliamentary debate is set to resume on the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and Renewable Energy Target.

The multimedia campaign, which includes national advertising, online communications, and public information sessions, will run until the international climate change negotiations in Copenhagen in December and beyond.

“We know that the shift to a clean energy economy requires assistance to workers and families. All the research shows we can have a prosperous economy and avoid the worst impacts of climate change if we get cracking now and that the longer we wait the more it will cost,” said Mr Connor.

The campaign also links to a newly created website www.cleanenergyjobs.com.au built in partnership with GetUp, and provides facts, research and case studies on clean energy jobs.

“There has been too much delay and too much squabbling between all politicians. Urgent action is needed this year to strengthen climate policies, grow a clean energy economy and help achieve an effective global climate agreement.

“We are saying to all politicians and business it is time to evolve, and calling on all Australians to help them evolve,” Mr Conor said.

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The Climate Institute Harriet Binet 0402 588 384
ACTU Giulia Baggio 0409 141 038
WWF Rachael Hoy 0407 204 594
ACF Carly Hammond 0407 040 085
 
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