Who wouldn’t want green jobs accessible to young people everywhere?
Why Green Jobs?
Right now politicians are in a pickle. They want to solve youth unemployment, rescue the economy and sort out climate change. How can they do all this at once? Creating Green jobs can get us back on track to cut carbon, get loads of people back into work and safeguard our future. Some say we can’t afford to “green” the economy right now. We say we can’t afford not to.
Over one million young people in the UK are looking for work. We’re way more affected by unemployment than our parent’s generation are. Green Jobs can provide meaningful work for a generation so affected by unemployment. This is the chance for us to take control of our future, let’s not let it go to waste.
How old will you be in 2050? How old will politicians be? Our future has to be shaped by us so that it can be sustainable. Young people are the ones who will need the skills and education to keep the future fairer, greener and cleaner.
We’ve got a big responsibility – between 2020 and 2050, we’re going to have to bring the UK’s carbon emissions down by another 50% of 1990 levels. That’s a faster rate than politicians are working at the moment.
We have everything to gain from doing this – sustainable employment, cheaper transport, cleaner cities – but our generation is going to have a lot of work to do to make the future ours. So we’d better get started now and build the world we want to inherit
- Youth for Green Jobs aims to see green jobs available to young people everywhere.
- We want to see meaningful collaboration between Government departments around green jobs (Energy and Climate Change, Work and Pensions, Business, Innovation and Skills, Education) as a mutually beneficial solution to interrelated challenges which they face.
- More broadly, we aim to contribute to the definition of what a green job is – by adding a youth voice, and emphasising the intergenerational justice dimension of a “green economy”.
- In the long-term we aim to work also in a more localised sense, to stimulate action around green jobs locally, through provision, training, skill sharing and creativity.
- We act within broader aims of UKYCC to inspire, empower, mobilise and unite young people to take positive action on climate change.
How can you get started?
Email your MP.We’re calling for government departments to get talking on Green Jobs. Your MP can stand up for this in Parliament if you ask them to. You can help create the chance to work for a green future.
Share your storiesWhat is it like being unemployed and looking for work? What do you want out of a job? Is it hard to find a green job? Do you have a green job? We want to know the hopes and fears of young people everywhere who want a better future. Email us and you could end up on our Green Jobs Blog
Keep on top of the campaign.Stay tuned for loads of different ways to get involved. From creative action to government lobbying, to learning on a local level.