August 2013

Happy August! The big event happening this month is the Reclaim the Power action camp in Balcombe, West Sussex, which is at the front lines of the new dash for gas.

From 16 – 21 August, the camp will see talks, music, skill shares, and mass civil disobedience to oppose the expansion of fracking in West Sussex. Chancellor George Osborne has given tax breaks to shale gas ‘fracking’, saying it will create jobs, but we know that jobs that pollute our environment, our water supply, and increase fuel bills are not decent jobs. Find more information about the camp here and read Phil’s blog on why fracking is not the answer here.

As ever, if your organisation would like to publicly show their support for an inclusive green economy, do send us your logo to put on the East London Green Jobs Alliance website, and we will get in touch about further learning and networking opportunities.

Climate change in the curriculum – it’s a win!

A few months ago, we featured a petition created by Esha Marwaha of the UK Youth Climate Coalition, calling on Michael Gove to keep climate change in the curriculum. With 31,000 signatures she won!

Gove announced he has abandoned plans to drop the subject from the geography national curriculum, after pressure from energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey.

Hot off the press

The Head of the National Farmers’ Union has warned that increasing exposure to extreme weather means a massive threat to British agriculture and food supplies. Already importing 40% of its overall food supply, the UK is heavily exposed to the negative impacts of climate change which are expected to force up the costs of goods on the shelf.

Oil services giant Halliburton will be pleading guilty to destroying evidence during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. The company directed employees on two separate occasions to destroy or “get rid of” simulations that would have helped clarify how to assign blame in the explosion and resulting oil spill.

In brighter news, the world’s second largest offshore windfarm has opened today 23km off the coast of Suffolk. The 504MW Greater Gabbard installation with 140 turbines is capable of generating enough clean electricity to power over half a million homes, and has created hundreds of green jobs.

Global Focus: Green Jobs on looks at green jobs this month in a series of articles. Check them out below:

Kyle Gracey shares the outcomes of his latest research, taking a critical look at whether the growth of a green jobs market will really benefit young people. Read Kyle’s blog here.

Rozita Singh brings us interviews with two young environmental entrepreneurs in India, and the challenges and opportunities they face. Read Rozita’s blog here.

Hanna Thomas talks about the potential to tackle social inequality, youth unemployment and the climate crisis at the same time by giving young people the skills needed to work in the green economy. Read Hanna’s blog here.

The UKYCC team tell us about their campaign ‘Youth For Green Jobs’ in the UK and the challenges they face with the current coalition government. Read the blog here.

Case Study – We Are The Million

A new micro crowdfunding site We Are The Million (WATM) has launched to bring a social aim to the crowd funding scene. Billed as ‘Kickstarter with a conscience’, WATM helps South London business owners run campaigns to raise funds for a new asset or project, as long as their campaign can create a new job opportunity.

A great example is the Tea House Theatre in Vauxhall. They’re running a campaign to raise funds for a new bread oven to bake fresh bread on site. If successful, they will hire a full time baker!

Around a million small businesses get turned down bank loans each year, and there are currently around a million unemployed young people in the UK. WATM utilises the support of small businesses’ loyal customers and asks them to support a business they love to grow, and grow enough to create a new job for someone within their community. That could be anything from a local mexican fast food restaurant that needs a moped to do deliveries or a barber expanding and opening a ladies hair salon.

Funders support them by getting a great deal at a fabulous price, the business gets to expand AND they take on new staff. Win win… win, right?


Peace Child International in partnership with Multiple Learning Solutions and in association with InspirEngage International, are organising an International Youth Job Creation Summit on Friday 13th September, hosted at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

The summit is an urgent response to the global crisis of youth unemployment, a one-day event exploring how job opportunities can be created for a billion young people entering the global workplace over the next decade. It will showcase innovative job creation initiatives around the world; share best practice in delivering employability skills training and develop cost effective job policy measures.

Click here to book a ticket, and NGOs can get tickets half price until August 14th.

And that’s it for another month! Do email us your opportunities and stories for next month’s newsletter. Send to

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