Green campaigners donned hard hats to take to the streets of Birmingham and called on the Government to help create 1,300 new solar energy jobs in the city.
Activists from Birmingham Friends of the Earth equipped with green hard hats and banners lined up outside the Town Hall to tell the Government that green is working, with almost one million jobs in the low carbon sector.
But FoE urged the Coalition to act to create more green jobs, with the potential for 1,300 alone in Birmingham.
The group urged the Government to block the Chancellors expensive dash-for-gas, which would see us hooked on costly and dirty imported gas and undermine investment in renewables.
Campaigners say the Government should use the Energy Bill to develop more home-grown clean power from the wind, sea and sun, which they say will boost the economy and create thousands of jobs. Birmingham Friends of the Earth spokesman Julien Pritchard said: Green is working while the UK struggles in a double-dip recession the low-carbon sector is growing, paving the way to new jobs.
Many more jobs and business opportunities could be created here in the West Midlands if Ministers give the green light to renewable energy.
Birmingham Friends of the Earths own research shows that we could create 1,300 jobs in Birmingham just through realising the citys solar energy potential.
We want the citys MPs to make sure that the Government resists George Osbornes attempts to keep Britain hooked on costly foreign gas. The majority of the public want their homes to be powered by clean British energy from our sun, wind and sea.
A Populus poll commissioned by Friends of the Earth in September revealed that 68 per cent of people in the West Midlands think that the Energy Bill should give high priority to renewable energy. It is being debated in Parliament from this November and will determine how the UKs energy needs are met up to 2032.