Skills for a Green Economy and Sustainable Future

Labor markets have been going through unparalleled change during recent years, and now the COVID-19 pandemic will also have an unprecedented impact on the future of work. Many hope that the pandemic will plant the seed for a green economic recovery. Given the uncertainty caused by the lack of a vaccine, countries, and governments have been focused on the health and socio-economic consequences of the pandemic. However, it’s crucial to not forget the environmental impact and the fact that the human exploitation of the environment and nature resulted in the current situation. Hence, in the post coronavirus recovery will be crucial to rescue the labor market through a more sustainable approach.

It was on Tuesday when the World Health Organization released a Manifesto for a healthy and green recovery from the pandemic.

“Attempting to save money by neglecting environmental protection, emergency preparedness, health systems, and social safety nets, has proven to be a false economy – and the bill is now being paid many times over. The world cannot afford repeated disasters on the scale of COVID-19, whether they are triggered by the next pandemic, or from mounting environmental damage and climate change. Going back to “normal” is not good enough,” WHO’s manifesto highlights among others.

Green skills for green economies

The prescription given by the WHO for the green recovery includes some key points that stress the need for specific skills that would help to make it possible starting with the protection of nature.

Environmental awareness

Increased environmental awareness and training are needed for creating jobs in green economies. Such technical green skills will apply to different sectors both industrial and non-industrial. Let’s say that architects, engineers, and construction workers must have a better understanding of environmentally friendly materials and techniques for building greener and energy-efficient buildings. Such knowledge an understanding will highly depend on local contexts.
The more the companies involve environmentally-friendly approaches to their products and services the more environmental awareness skills will be needed. For example, they will need lawyers specialized in environmental legislation or a customer service trained in environmental technologies. Biodiversity-related jobs are not only those related to nature conservation. There are countries where it’s not possible to find one environmental journalist. Therefore, environmental awareness and training spans from teaching jobs to genetic engineering.

Innovation skills
One may ask, what falls under the category of innovation skills? This group of skills mostly includes what are known as soft skills. Despite their complex capabilities, these are the skills that are rarely found in school curricula. The list includes critical thinking, empathy, opportunity recognition, emotional intelligence, ability to collaborate and communicate, sales, and persuasion, to name a few.
Such skills are beneficial in every labor market or sector and they help design the right strategies to deal with green challenges.

Entrepreneurial skills
When you have innovation skills and good business idea for a product or service, why not get started with entrepreneurship. You will learn how to turn that great idea into a commercialized product and sustainable business. There are many misconceptions about entrepreneurship such as it makes people rich at the click of a finger. Experienced has shown that purpose-driven entrepreneurs can be more successful than profit-driven entrepreneurs. Another misconception about entrepreneurship is that it’s a domain of only a few. Anyone can learn entrepreneurship and those who have enough willingness to work hard can succeed. This is one of the goals of the Entrepreneurship Campus, to provide access to entrepreneurial learning through online training.

STEM skills
Understanding science, technology, engineering, and math contributes to creating greener economies and inclusive societies. In many countries, such skills are offered through technical and vocational training. However, one of the major challenges in STEM education is the gender gap.
SDG4, Target 4.5: By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, and children in vulnerable situations.
STEM skills are crucial for achieving the other Sustainable Development Goals.
What do you think are the skills that people need in your community to build a green economy?
If you have an innovative idea or project that contributes to a sustainable future? You can join the Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition and find out if you’re cut to be an entrepreneur.

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9 Comments

  1. My idea and project is majorly and purposely for the people to benefit from it, but not a making profit that the least privileged cannot afford, so the articles sound as warning for campus members who intends to submit their innate ideas and projects.

  2. Thank you WHO for the Manifesto. For the healthy and green recovery you have released for us campus members and global platform.

  3. Veraciously through STEM that is science, technology, engineering and math are recipe’s for actualizing a greener economy.

  4. I want campus members to embrace the innovation skills and also the entrepreneurship skills help us to refined our business idea into implementation.

  5. We indeed need to develop soft skills even further, initiate investment projects in order to absorb shocks caused by the COVID-19 on the job market more rapidly . The fear of the World Food program that 130 million more people could suffer from starvation because of COVID-19 should challenge us all. In some parts of world people think that you can work from home. Yes it is possible. But you can also ask the following question: how many people can work from home globally? The answer should be obvious. To yet save employment while optimizing production, soft skills are badly needed. The more the world becomes aware of climate change and the soil degradation, the more rapidly people will create responses in sustainable ways, keeping in mind that we are all citizens of one and the same world.

  6. The globe have actually move away from the issues of the environment to combat the pandemic. It is also important to be careful not to destroy the environment more while trying to combat the disease.

  7. Well presented article. Soft skills most crucial nowdays

  8. Anonymous

    04.08.2020 · Reply

    Green skills for green economies

    The prescription given by the WHO for the green recovery includes some key points that stress the need for specific skills that would help to make it possible starting with the protection of nature.

  9. All skills are quite important. However, I really appreciate the entrepreneural skills as develop from this campus “Entrepreneurial skills
    When you have innovation skills and good business idea for a product or service, why not get started with entrepreneurship. You will learn how to turn that great idea into a commercialized product and sustainable business. There are many misconceptions about entrepreneurship such as it makes people rich at the click of a finger. Experienced has shown that purpose-driven entrepreneurs can be more successful than profit-driven entrepreneurs. Another misconception about entrepreneurship is that it’s a domain of only a few. Anyone can learn entrepreneurship and those who have enough willingness to work hard can succeed. This is one of the goals of the Entrepreneurship Campus, to provide access to entrepreneurial learning through online training”

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