I found out (here) that there is a movement to create “green” jobs here in the ‘ol US of A. The only problem for me is that I don’t really understand what that means. I found out that there is even a designation of “green collar worker”. The wiki article on it says:

A green-collar worker is a worker who is employed in the environmental sectors of the economy, or in the agricultural sector. Environmental green-collar workers satisfy the demand for green development. Generally, they implement environmentally conscious design, policy, and technology to improve conservation and sustainability. Formal environmental regulations as well as informal social expectations are pushing many firms to seek professionals with expertise with environmental, energy efficiency, and clean renewable energy issues. They often seek to make their output more sustainable, and thus more favorable to public opinion, governmental regulation, and the Earth’s ecology.

Green collar workers include professionals such as conservation movement workers, environmental consultants, environmental or biological systems engineers, green building architects, holistic passive solar building designers, solar energy and wind energy engineers, nuclear engineers [1], green vehicle engineers, organic farmers, environmental lawyers, ecology educators, and ecotechnology workers. They also include vocational or trade-level employment: electricians who install solar panels, plumbers who install solar water heaters, and construction workers who build energy-efficient green buildings, wind power farms, or other clean, renewable, sustainable future energy development workers could all be considered green jobs.

What I’m wondering is where will these jobs fit into the present “growth” economy? I’m not sure that they really will. As long as it is cheaper to ship jobs overseas and then ship the produce back here to sell it, these green jobs will have trouble taking hold. The american public, and goverment, is largely thinking in terms of bottom line (dollars). I think of it as a combination of Scottish Pragmatism (which has been influential in America) and Capitalism run amuck. Whatever is cheapest “works” and therefore is “best”. Wal-Mart runs on this philosophy. But, is it always an ethical way of doing things? NO.One must also consider the means of the production, as well as the long term effects of it.

Maybe the American public needs these “green jobs” to create more employment. However, as long as big businesses fund and run politics, the bottom line mentality will dominate. I think we’re a long way from incorporating green jobs into an economy unless big business can find a way of making more money from them.

2 comments on “Green Jobs; Green Economy – Really?

  • “green jobs”?! Haha…thats just kinda silly to me….well all thats put on the back burner for sure after today…..watched the news most of the day since i was off….crazy stuff….DOW down 777 points…..at least it wasn’t 666 or i’d be a little creeped out

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