Green Jobs Can Bail Out the Environment, Rebuild Communities: Worldwatch Institute


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In case you needed any more reinforcement of the idea that one of the best way to move out of the current financial morass is by promoting and expanding the green job sector, a new report from Worldwatch Institute called Green Jobs: Working for People and the Environment outlines the scale of green jobs already out there and advocates that a "bailout for the environment" can create jobs on a global level and "help rebuild communities amidst the ashes of the current economic crisis."

So this is a bit of the overview of the green job sector the report gives, in terms of numbers of people employed: Renewable Energy, Green Building, Organic Agriculture: All Job Creators
China employs an estimated 1 million people in their renewable energy industry.

The report estimates that retrofitting the European Union's residential buildings to cut carbon emissions by 75% could create an additional 2.6 million new jobs by 2030.

It also argues that from a job creation perspective, developing more public transportation would create more jobs that increases in car manufacturing: Comparing levels of employment by public transportation agencies in 2005, the US only employs some 367,000 people, while the EU employs an estimated 900,000.

Citing a study of 1,144 organic farms in the UK and Ireland, the report points out that organic farms employ an average one-third more people per farm than do their non-organic counterparts. (Really what that figure probably represents isn't so much a difference in organic versus non-organic farming, but in the level of human labor substituted with mechanical labor on the non-organic farms.)

Government Policy Must Support Sustainable Development
In terms of how to expand green jobs, the report has this to say:

Integrating social and environmental aspects into the cost of doing business and undertaking large-scale public and private sector investments will be key to realizing the massive potential that green jobs hold. Government targets, mandates, business incentives, and reformed tax and subsidy policies must promote sustainable development in order for the green labor market to take off.

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Integrating social and environmental aspects into the cost of doing business and undertaking large-scale public and private sector investments will be key to realizing the massive potential that green jobs hold. Government targets, mandates, business incentives, and reformed tax and subsidy policies must promote sustainable development in order for the green labor market to take off.

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