Green jobs are jobs that have a focus on either reducing carbon emissions, restoring nature or making similar environmental improvements. For example, Sustainability Managers or Green Transport Officers.
Why do we need more green jobs?
If we’re to create a greener and fairer future for all after the pandemic, we need more green jobs. Not only will they be good for the planet, they can also help address employment inequalities across the country.
Currently, there are over 500,000 young people aged 16-24 out of work. That number is expected to grow substantially with the end of the furlough scheme.
Instead of propping up declining, polluting industries, the government must future-proof livelihoods by investing in more green jobs.
How will more green jobs be created?
A “green opportunity guarantee” is needed that commits to ensuring all young people are offered a job, an apprenticeship, or training.
Alongside green apprenticeships, Friends of The Earth is calling for the government to fund £40 billion annually in a green infrastructure investment programme that could create more than 1 million jobs for people of all ages, saving the NHS tens of billions of pounds and delivering other significant benefits like healthier air and warmer homes.
You can find out how to get a green job and read Friends of The Earth’s report on green jobs here.
All information taken from Friends of The Earth UK.