Sunday, 17 February 2013

CCA backs Earthworker initiative

The Earthworker project, showcased at the joint Cardijn Community Australia and the Uniting Church forum at the Victorian Trades Hall last year, has launched a 'crowdfunding' campaign.

Earthworker wants to establish Australia's first sustainable workers' co-operative, manufacturing solar hot water units, first in the LaTrobe Valley (Victoria), and then in other states.

"It will help redress our disappearing blue-collar jobs, and produce an environmentally friendly product," CCA Secretary David Moloney said.

See more in Dave Kerin's presentation at the forum last year: http://www.cardijncommunityaustralia.org/

Earthworker's crowdfunding campaign hope to raise $10,000 to keep the units licensed and to support its private-sector partner Douglas Solar, which has maintained licencing costs up to this point. The campaign is on the StartSomeGood (SSG) crowdfunding platform, under the name 'licence to co-operate'. If the target is not reached, the pledge you make is not charged. A variety of small rewards are offered for pledges.

Go to the SSG website: http://startsomegood.com/ to get a sense of the featured campaigns and how they work, or go straight to Earthworkers campaign at: http://startsomegood.com/Venture/earthworker/Campaigns/Show/licence_to_cooperate.

CCA has made a $250 donation, and members have made their own donations . Together we can create jobs and help achieve environmental sustainability.



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