The choice between protecting jobs or the environment is a false one. Green jobs allow us to do both.
A green job (sometimes also called a clean energy job or climate safe) is a job that helps us address the environmental challenges we face. As we make the shift to low carbon economies, green jobs are expected to boom. For instance, the CSIRO predicts that 2.7 million new jobs will be created in Australia by 2025 if we aim to become carbon neutral by 2050. Many will be green jobs.
Globally, governments are realising that green stimulus packages can help us avoid job losses from recession and address major environmental problems at the same time. The US has set a target to create 5 million new green jobs, while the UK is aiming to create 1 million new green jobs.
We already have lots of green jobs in Victoria. For example, 700 people are employed in the solar water heating industry. Around 6000 people are employed in rail manufacturing. And 6500 people are employed in recycling in Victoria.
In 2009, we held a jobs summit with our friends from the Brotherhood of St Laurence to explore the opportunities for Victoria to lead the way in green jobs.
Download some of the presentation papers below
Mark Wakeham, Campaigns Director, Environment Victoria
Erwin Jackson, Director, Policy and Research, the Climate Institute
Julius Roe, National President, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
Michael Horn, Senior Manager, Research & Policy, Brotherhood of St Laurence
Paul Murfitt, Moreland Energy Foundation
Professor William Mitchell, Director, Centre of Full Employment and Equity, University of Newcastle
Sally Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer, National Employment Services Association
Tim Piper, Director-Victoria, Australian Industry Group
It's just good business
Globally, our economies are in the doldrums. Stories of recession, jobs losses and failed businesses have been told all too frequently. And Australia's economy hasn't been immune.
Meanwhile, the world's scientists are growing more and more alarmed at the extent of the climate crisis. They're calling for urgent and wide-spread action to reduce our emissions.
Sounds like a double whammy of bad news, doesn't it?
Amidst all this doom and gloom, however, a new global understanding is emerging - we can renew our economies and address the environmental challenges we face. And we can do it at the same time.
It's now clear that the choice between protecting jobs and protecting the environment is a false one. Green jobs - that help our environment - can do both.
Grab the latest buzz on green jobs below.
Australian cleantech industry nears $30bn – bigger than car making
18 March 2013
Giles Parkinson, Renew Economy
The Australian cleantech sector boasts revenue of $29 billion a year and employs 53,000 people, making it larger than...more
Island wind farm to produce power for Victoria
28 November 2012
The World Today ABC
ELEANOR HALL: Tasmania's King Island is famous for its cheese and beef but it's also set to become the site of...more
SA windfall after Vic turbine change
25 July 2012
Cimara Pearce, Weekly Times
SOUTH Australia's wind farm industry is cashing in on Victoria's strict planning guidelines.
More than $5 billion of capital investment in the wind industry was pumped...more
Climate, land, biodiversity face biggest cuts
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Adam Morton, The Age
Spending on environmental programs will be cut by $130.6 million next financial year - the biggest reduction for any department.
The cuts to the Department of...more
Budget continues Baillieu Government’s record of environmental failure
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Environment Victoria has described today State budget as “deeply disappointing” and said it continues the Baillieu Government’s record of...more
Coalition urged to increase home energy ratings
Monday, April 9 2012
Tom Arup, The Age
Environment and welfare groups have questioned a lack of progress by the Baillieu government on its election promise to...more
Carbon target scrapped
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Josh Gordon and Tom Arup, The Age
A plan to cut Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent over the next decade is set to be dumped by the Baillieu government on the basis that it would merely...more
New poll finds Victorians want clean energy action. Is Premier Baillieu listening?
Friday, 9 March 2012
A new survey of attitudes on the environment has found that most Victorians believe the state government has a responsibility to reduce greenhouse pollution....more
State fudges carbon figures
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Adam Morton, The Age
The Baillieu government's credibility on climate change has been undermined after economic modelling that it commissioned contradicted its own claims that Victoria would be...more
Green Jobs plan a welcome investment for our future
Friday, 30 April 2010
Environment Victoria welcomed the state government’s Green Jobs Action Plan released by Premier Brumby today.
The Plan, in development for the past year, will create new green jobs...more
This isn’t where I expected to end up. It hadn’t been part of my plan to become a campaigner for climate action. Back when I was a young undergraduate uni student, I had figured my future lay in wearing a fancy suit in big shiny office building, doing something corporate-y. I was...more
Well, it’s a couple of days after the big event, and I’m still buzzing!
Environment Victoria teamed up with local and national groups to pull off the biggest rally that Melbourne has seen in more than five years as part of the National Day of Action on...more
It’s the most crucial election for our environment in decades and yet no one’s talking about the mammoth in the room.
Sure, Tony Abbott’s called himself ‘a fair dinkum environmentalist’ and Kevin Rudd’s called climate change ‘the greatest...more
Transcript of Mark Wakeham's speech at the rally for locked-out Yallourn coal mine workers in Melbourne CBD on 16 August 2013
We’re here, standing with you today, because in the 21st century, in Australia, locking workers out of their place of employment is not an acceptable way...more
I've just finished reading a note from Greg Combet thanking Environment Victoria for its constructive and generous contributions to the climate debate in Australia. It was kind of him to recognise our contributions and to demonstrate that while environmental advocates and political leaders...more
- The Quick Guide to our Community Climate Action Plan |
- 2011 Annual Report |
- Climate Change and Jobs |
- Coal export plans should be rejected |
- Community tells Premier: world does not need our dirty coal |
- Green group says the beverage industry is “frothing at the mouth” |
- Green Jobs plan a welcome investment for our future |
- New poll finds Victorians want clean energy action. Is Premier Baillieu listening? |
- Budget continues Baillieu Government’s record of environmental failure |
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