Green Jobs and the Future of Work
The theme of jobs and the economy is never more present than in the lead-up to an election. South of the border, we saw an election result that many attribute to heightened voter concern about job loss and economic decline. While trade agreements have played a role in increased unemployment in some areas, evidence points to technology and a lower demand for fossil fuels globally as the long-term job-loss culprits.
Around the world, technology is rapidly changing workplaces. From service industries to manufacturing, automation is the contributing factor in the shift away from full-time, permanent work to part-time and temporary jobs. And, according to a recent CBC report the shift is having a disproportionate effect on men: “Male-dominated industries are disappearing, leaving a pool of men with largely non-transferable skills unemployed. In just the past four years, nearly 70,000 jobs were lost in the manufacturing and agriculture sectors combined across the country.” At the same time, Canadian women, on average, continue to earn less than their male counterparts.
How will green jobs fare in the future of work? All indications suggest green jobs are where job growth is already occurring. The Washington-based Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2016 found that solar employment increased by 25 percent over 2015, accounting for one out of every 50 new jobs created in the U.S.
Take a read through this month’s curated green jobs news to learn more about the global momentum towards renewable energy and a low carbon economy that is changing the future of work.Read more
Happy New Year 2017!
We're only a few weeks into the new year and yet there is so much to follow on climate, jobs and the economy. From announcements here in Canada to a change of leadership in the U.S., 2017 promises to be a year that will call on all of us to be tenacious champions for a fair and timely transition to a low-carbon economy - an economy that will put people to work and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Green Jobs BC aims to assist you in 2017 with useful resources including an upcoming Election Tool Kit (look for that in late February). And, if you did not make it to our Jobs Today, Jobs Tomorrow - BC's Green Jobs Conference last November, many of the presentations are posted on our website. You can also visit our Facebook page to see our conference photo gallery.
This month's newsletter offers links to insightful articles on the global tide of clean, renewable energy (by Barack Obama) and some sobering observations from author and futurist, Alex Steffen, on what to expect from the new U.S. president when it comes to energy policy.