Jobs for the Planet

What do I need to know?

Green jobs aren’t just for scientists, everyone can think about how their job and place of work affects the environment.

What are sustainable jobs?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWorking in a sustainable job means you might have professional, vocational or generic skills needed for new types of ‘green jobs’ or for doing jobs that already exist in any industry, but need to be made sustainable to help reduce climate change and sustain our natural resources and environments.

Examples of sustainable jobs:

  • Park ranger
  • Landcare Worker
  • Marine Scientist
  • Conservation Officer
  • Sustainable Product Designer

As part of our responsibility to the planet, we should consider how all jobs can work more sustainably.

As we enter into the world of work, we should all consider how we can be more sustainable in our business activity.

For example we can think about:

  • Are resources used wisely?
  • Can we decrease the use of water and energy?
  • Are we recycling everything that we can?
  • Can we limit or even eliminate the impact we have on biodiversity?

How sustainable a particular company or office is might also affect our choice to work there.

So, a farmer, banker, a butcher, a mechanic and a grocer should all consider how they can be more sustainable. You might decide that you would like to be an architect, plumber or removalist who specialises in being sustainable. A farmer for example, has a daily impact on the land they farm and it is in their best interest to farm sustainably so that they can continue to be productive and make money.

Wind farmEnvironmental products, services and technologies are creating jobs in new industries – for instance solar power technology, hybrid cars and eco-tourism. Sustainable industries and businesses also continue to need accountants, receptionists, project managers and administrators – so there are plenty of jobs available that aren’t just for scientists!

Info flash: look at what sustainability can produce!

“Four entrepreneurial Nigerian teenage girls have invented an electricity generator powered by urine – urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which cracks the urea into nitrogen, water and hydrogen… 1 litre of urine provides six hours of electricity – more than half of Nigeria’s 162 million citizens have no access to electricity, and even those who do, can’t guarantee having power every day.” StartupSmart.

“iRock is a charging device in the form of a rocking chair capable of converting motion into energy to power an iPhone or iPad.” Springwise.

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