The transition to a green economy will inevitably cause job losses in certain sectors as carbon- and resource-intensive industries are scaled-down, but they will be more than offset by new job opportunities.
“Greening with jobs” (1) focuses on changes in the society and changes in jobs the next ten-fifteen years.
The Transition is Urgent, Given the Unsustainable Pressure of Current Economic Activity on the Environment.
Confronted with multifaceted forms of insecurity that are exacerbated by environmental factors, along with inadequate access to social protection in rural areas, many women and men have been migrating to urban areas in search of income-generating opportunities. While migration can be an adaptation strategy, it can nevertheless leave migrant workers vulnerable to discrimination and exploitation in destination areas, especially urban areas, where they tend to find employment within the informal economy. Moreover, relocation to urban areas often also entails living in slums that lack access to basic social services and resilient infrastructure. In numerous urban centres, slums or informal settlements are highly vulnerable to environmental shocks and the impacts of climate change. In this context, adequate access to social protection for workers in urban areas can play a vital role in disaster risk reduction as well as in providing further opportunities for enhancing adaptive capacity, improving resilience, income security and positive health outcomes
Substantial progress was achieved during the period between 2000 and 2015 in the global economy and in the promotion of decent work, especially in the form of a reduction in working poverty and child labour. But wage growth has stagnated and, to a large extent, inequality has risen. Moreover, it is striking that in a context of scarce resources and limited ability to absorb waste, current patterns of economic growth rely largely on the extraction of resources, manufacturing, consumption and the generation of waste. In 2013, for example, humanity used 1.7 times the amount of resources and waste that the biosphere was able to regenerate and absorb. Indeed, human activity has already caused irreversible environmental change on a global scale.
(1) Greening with jobs, WORLD EMPLOYMENT SOCIAL OUTLOOK, 2018 International Labour Organization 2018
Lucubrate Magazine September 2019
Lucubrate Magazine highlights some of the main suggestions from the document “Greening with jobs”, World Employment Social Outlook 2018.
(This is the third article in Lucubrate Magazine in the series about future jobs. Find the other articles in the series here)
The picture on the top of the article showes fast street food in the city of Guatemala, bread with cabbage sausage, meat, sauces, roasted charcoal called Shuco. By Byron Ortiz