Let us start off with what green economy actually is. The UNEP explains it as following: “Practically speaking, a green economy is one whose growth in income and employment is driven by public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency, and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services.”
Joe Romm, our energy-environment specialist, is very positive on the topic by saying: “In the future, the only jobs left will be green.” What he actually wants to point out, is that the new technologies in the energy sector are highly promising for the creation of new jobs. He is quoting the NY Times when saying: “In the energy sector alone, the deployment of new technologies, like wind and solar power, has the potential to support 20 million jobs by 2030 and trillions of dollars in revenue” and we are only speaking about the US. Romm then sarcastically moves on to explaining how “failing to avert catastrophic climate change will probably generate more jobs” than actually averting it. Obviously this comes at high cost, read all about it in the article.
An article about the rise of green economy in California describes how new legislation is needed for “businesses to consider employee, community, and environmental welfare”. At the center, says Care2, is that “We need companies we can trust to do what’s best for everyone”, the page is therefore collecting signatures for a petition to install new legislations pushing sustainble business models.
China is on the leap as well: A recent published report by Worldwatch is analyzing the chances of green economy and green jobs in China. “This report explores greening activities in three leading sectors of China’s economy: energy, transportation, and forestry.” Topics like wind energy and other renewable sources as well as the need to keep bycicles as basic transport system are addressed within the report. Further topics are public transport and animal welfare.
Are you ready to look for a green job (in case you don’t have one already)?