By Sandhya Nag:
Change is the only constant, and changes are occurring at a staggeringly fast pace in today’s world. Why, you ask me? Well, who would have thought that our ways in the world would cause so much imbalance that we’d have to make an increased effort to consciously keep a tab on the effects of the technology we devise on our environment, and also discipline our lifestyle to meet the requirements of restoring ecological balance. That’s where Green jobs come into the picture.
What are green jobs, anyway?
“AÂ green job, also called aÂ green-collar job is, according to theÂ United Nations Environment Program, “work in agricultural, manufacturing, research and development (R&D), administrative, and service activities that contribute(s) substantially to preserving or restoring environmental quality. Specifically, but not exclusively, this includes jobs that help to protect ecosystems and biodiversity; reduce energy, materials, and water consumption through high efficiency strategies; de-carbonize the economy; and minimize or altogether avoid generation of all forms of waste and pollution.”
Green Jobs are wide ranged as can be seen from the aforementioned details, and the scope of this market is huge. This will have a huge impact on the economy.
Green jobs must be a part of every country, that doesn’t mean we remain stuck with only agriculture. Individuals must do their best in utilising all resources they have, and it turn, try and make the world a greener place.
Green jobs would help having cleaner fuel production, such as wind energy, solar energy, Bio gas etc. It would create a whole new opportunity for environmental engineers, who can contribute to reducing power consumption, providing alternate energy systems etc. It would also open up a new arena for those involved in water-recycling, plumbing etc. Garbage removal, disposal and recycling would be another issue which can be addressed through green jobs. Green jobs mean making a better renewable energy sector than what is present, and a strong spirit of conscience to be more environment-friendly.
Elucidation in the form of an example: The Carbon credit concept. AÂ carbon credit is a generic term for any tradable certificate or permit representing the right to emit one tonne of carbon dioxide or carbon dioxide equivalent.
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India’s first green job opened in September, 2009. And since then, there’s no looking back. And the current claims are that they are going to invest $150 billion over the span of next ten years. The market is huge. Some have even gone on to claim that Green jobs are the next IT revolution in India. And I strongly support that claim.
Speaking in numbers, a biogas production unit will require a lot more people than what large IT companies require for their functioning. Man-power requirement being huge, this is a win-win situation for both the parties. People might not take up green jobs if they are asked to do so just out of concern for the environment so when jobs like these will fetch them the same money as their other jobs would, there’s no reason for a person to hesitate from doing it.
So far, ecology and economy were always made competing entities, and we have always worked in favour of the economy with a devil-may-care attitude towards the ecology. Now is the chance to bridge that gap because green jobs merge the economy and ecology of a country in a never-seen-before scenario.
Green jobs are the way to go; Green-collared jobs are indeed a notch above our White-collared jobs.
Image courtesy: CarbonNYC
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