A green economy is one that runs on renewable sources of energy, moves all sectors away from carbon-intensive practices, and helps steer the region towards a low-carbon future. Providing support for green industries and the workforce will help ensure the OurCounty plans and goals rest on a strong economic foundation.
Economic transitions have the potential to exacerbate inequality. Communities and workers that are economically dependent on fossil fuel use or extraction may face challenges in transitioning to a green economy. But with adequate planning and support, an economic transition can serve as an opportunity to implement more inclusive economic practices that will reduce inequality and support all residents.
A truly “just” transition will protect and support job seekers and current workers, particularly those that are low income and/or reside in disadvantaged communities so that they can transition into a green economy with dignity and without bearing the costs of change.
Los Angeles is both the manufacturing center of the U.S. and a clean technology leader. This innovation can be harnessed for the greater good by supporting local entrepreneurs and connecting them to our diverse, skilled workforce. County government will support the growth of green economy sectors and ensure that our economy is one that works for everyone.