Why Green Jobs Matter

By Natasha Warby on 4 Aug 2015 - 16:54
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What exactly is a ‘green job’? The US Bureau of Labour Statistics identified green jobs as

establishments that produce green goods and services and […] establishments that use environmentally friendly production processes and practices.

Essentially, green jobs are all about sustainability, which is an issue that is becoming more and more prevalent nowadays. In the last few days, Business Green.com reported that the UN has agreed on post-2015 Sustainable Development goals. This is an effort to tackle poverty, setting new environmental, social and economic targets, outlined in a new report. The UN is making promises of a major boost to the global green economy. Green jobs are important now, and will only grow to be more so in the years to come. In America last year, clean-energy jobs alone increased by 47,000, clearly heralding the emergence of an expanding green jobs sector. In a society that is becoming aware of the negative impact we’re having on the planet, this can only be a good thing.

In the GWPF report, The Myth of Green Jobs, Gordon Hughes answers a lot of the questions people have about green jobs, especially in the context of the economy. Sure, all of us can learn to separate our cardboard from our tin cans in the home, but is there a future for paying jobs in the green sector? And is it sustainable?

Overall, green jobs are a great option for the contemporary, environmentally conscious worker. Why not take an opportunity to make a real difference to our global climate, and be paid to do so? With more companies becoming aware of the need for sustainable energy and development, it is safe to assume that the green job sector will be continue to expand so getting involved now is a sensible career choice.

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