Green Candidates Call for New Green Jobs

Local Green candidates campaign outside MP Crispin Blunt’s office

Local Green campaigners Jonathan Essex, Shasha Khan, Paul Chandler and Catherine Baart, following Covid restrictions, queued for Green Jobs outside Reigate MP, Crispin Blunt’s office on Saturday, 24 April, as part of a Green New Deal UK national action day to promote ‘Green Jobs for All’.

Shasha Khan said,

“Many people rely on Gatwick Airport for jobs and the economic impact of COVID 19 has hit them hard. Green jobs are an obvious solution to replace those lost jobs. For well under half the annual tax break the Government gives Gatwick, thousands of secure, fulfilling, long term jobs could be created locally to counter the economic affect of COVID, while combatting climate change. It’s a win-win.”

Many people around here have jobs linked directly or indirectly to aviation – in IT, electronic and light engineering businesses. With support, these businesses could lead the transition to green technology, renewable energy, green transport and insulation of buildings, creating many thousands of new green jobs to replace jobs lost in aviation.
With support from central and local government, local businesses, Trade Unions
and workers, a Green New Deal has the capacity to tackle the huge financial crisis facing people and businesses in the
Gatwick and Gatwick Diamond area. At the same time, a Green New Deal will pave the way to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and limiting global warming.

The opportunity for the government to fulfil their own ambition to “Build Back Better” is obvious in this area and it can set the precedent for towns in a similar situation across the UK and indeed the world.

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