Answering the call of Thomas Friedman’s “Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution–and How It Can Renew America”
March 26, 2012 at 2:25 pm #157010
Interesting “progress” report
From Good News:
The United States Has More Than 3 Million Green Jobs
“Green jobs” are notoriously difficult to count or even define. Few jobs require all-day dedication to saving the planet, and plenty of companies doing important environmental work also spend time on plenty of projects that don’t fall under that rubric. Car companies that make electric vehicles also produce gas guzzlers. A farmer might grow organic lettuce but use conventional methods in an apple orchard. Does that farmer have a green job? A half-green job?
March 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm #157014
Well, I think of a “green job” as being a person that is leading the way in sustainable initiatives. I honestly cannot believe there are only 3 million. There is a green spin on anything anymore. I studied tourism marketing with an interest in Green Initiatives and Environmental Practices relating to tourism. Eco-tourism can play a big role in the Green movement. Getting people to think about the impact they are having on the environment and how their environmental footprint is really linked to the planet we live on. Also, Agri-Tourism plays a role in helping the farmer relate agriculture and tourism. I think the educational opportunities for Agri-tourism definately involve some level of Green intertwined.
I recently had an energy audit on our house, my representative has a minor in Green Architecture design (or something like that). There are all kinds of Green certifications that you can get for this or that, LEED certified, etc. It’s fascinating to watch how this is going spreading throughout many things.
I think it’s inevitable that people’s mindsets have to change from what was to what is and have a genuine concern for the environment. This has to change through education of what IS most valuable. Where does the Globe measure on the weight scale? With that being said, I recently read that the youth aren’t more inclined to have an interest in the environment or environmental concerns…which is a bit mindboggling to me, because I think that Green jobs are going to continue to become more and more prevalent as natural resource management becomes more of a necessity. Look at Vegas and their water concerns. They give out money for people to rip out their yards and replant with desert xeriscaping to reduce their water needs. Why? Because they have a gazillion people moving to the desert and dependent upon a depleting reservoir.
If I was a student today, whether I was studying business and looking at the triple bottom line (People, profit, planet) or studying agriculture, or design or whatever I would definately be green motivated and see the opportunity in this field to always be growing. As costs of energy and everything goes up, companies have to look at the bottom line, and as green moves into the most economical, that drive will push forward even more rapidly. Every job can somehow play into environmentalism and Green. We all make an impact with what we do everyday. Even if it is just being green in your workplace and shutting off lights or unplugging your computer. You’re reducing your operational costs at the same time as making a green movement at work.
March 28, 2012 at 12:31 am #157012
Interesting questions here.
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