This story was first published on May 31st in The Guardian, a popular source for news in the U.K. U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce respectfully shares this article in its entirety because this news offers so much hope for a world economy that will prosper from the global implementation of sustainable initiatives.
Tens of millions of new jobs can be created around the world in the next two decades if green policies are put in place to switch the high-carbon economy to low-carbon, the UN has said.
Between 15 million and 60 million additional jobs are likely, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). These are net gains in employment for the world economy, taking into account any job losses in high-carbon industries that fail to transform.
Achim Steiner, executive director of UNEP, said: “The findings underline that [the green economy] can include millions more people in terms of overcoming poverty and delivering improved livelihoods for this and future generations. It is a positive message of opportunity in a troubled world of challenges.”
As well as generating net new gains in the number of jobs, the switch to a green economy could help to lift millions of people out of poverty.
In the US, there are now about three million green jobs, in sectors such as wind power and energy efficiency, the study found. In the UK, the number is close to one million and has been one of the few areas of the economy that has been creating jobs. There are about 500,000 people working in green jobs in Spain. In the developing world, too, the number is growing rapidly—about 7 percent of people employed in Brazil, amounting to three million people, are now in the green economy.
However, realizing the full potential of green jobs depends on countries taking action to develop the green economy and bringing in policies that will foster investment, according to the report.