On October 20, oil and gas workers and members of the Louis Bull Tribe began installing rooftop solar panels on a community daycare. This was part of a five-day upskilling pilot course marking the launch of Iron & Earth’s “Solar Skills” program. The CBC was on hand to report the event.
Iron & Earth and the Louis Bull Tribe’s partnership was conceived by Energy Futures Lab Fellows Lliam Hildebrandt – Executive Director of Iron & Earth, and Desmond Bull – Councillor of the Louis Bull Tribe. The initiative is a perfect example of our shared goals for community resilience, and Indigenous leadership, as well as a guide for how people in transition across the province can contribute to building the energy system of the future.
Here are Lliam and Desmond speaking at the Innovating Alberta’s Energy Future Showcase event this past spring. Lliam presented on Empowering Oil and Gas Workers to Build Renewable Economy, while Desmond spoke about Opportunities for First Nations Communities.
Through Solar Skills, Iron and Earth intends to upskill 1,000 oil, gas and coal workers, and indigenous community members as solar specialists through hands-on installations. Click here to sign the national upskilling initiative petition and stand with oil & gas, coal and Indigenous workers calling for upskilling into renewable energy.
Tyler Seed is The Natural Step Canada’s Director of Marketing & Communications. He holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability from Blekinge Tekniska Högskola in Sweden.