Adopt-a-Dinosaur for clean energy jobs

Australian union federation ACTU is urging union members to “adopt a dinosaur”, in a campaign for clean energy jobs.

The national union body says 20 years ago Australia was a leader in solar technologies. “But we failed to support the industry and our best and brightest went overseas. We don’t want to miss out again.

“Strong action on climate change will create huge jobs opportunities for Australians. We can lead in renewable energy, green building development and in smarter use of energy and resources. It will also enable Australia to be a global leader and play an active role in the fight against climate change.”

It says the green jobs push is being hampered by some politicians and business groups who “are acting like dinosaurs” by blocking policy moves or “seeking more handouts for big polluters.”

Commenting on its campaign, which includes a TV advertisement, ACTU says: “Action on climate change can help Australia grow up to a million jobs in our new clean energy industries. Action will help create a cleaner environment and a stronger economy.”

It adds: “If you want Australia to invest in a clean energy boom that creates jobs today, please donate today by adopting a dinosaur and helping them evolve. You’ll receive a dinosaur computer wallpaper.”

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