Climate change will transform the way the workforce will operate

People will always talk about the environmental effects of climate change but rarely ever consider the significant economic effects that come along with such a rapidly changing world. Certain jobs, even in the most professional practices, are beginning to realize how climate change effects their sector in the world, and those not able to adapt accordingly will soon be replaced.

It will not be an immediate change in occupations worldwide, but the Association of Climate Change Officer's executive Director Daniel Kreeger notes how soon those who do not possess the right skills to work in a system with unexpected environmental factors will soon lose out on long term job opportunities.

 “We don’t expect to get monster inundations of rain, and then drought for six months. We expect to get periodic, smaller amounts of rain. So our systems aren’t equipped to deal with larger rainfalls,” Kreeger told BBC Future. “When those parameters change, you need a workforce to deal with those changes."

It seems no industry is safe from the abruptness of climate change, and it is alarming to realize just how much it can effect our most important jobs.

“Well, our civil engineers haven’t been trained to deal with climate change in their training," continued Kreeger. "Our urban planners, our city managers, our architects. Nobody’s been taught this stuff.”

Hopefully, climate change literacy will spread in all organizations, even the most professional ones, as it is important for the fate of our planet. 

G20 countries to expect renewable energy as most cost efficient resource by 2030


Greenpeace organizations across the globe make it their goal to "ensure the ability of the Earth to nurture life in all its diversity," and the sector in Germany is currently studying how our global society is dealing with anticipated environmental issues in the near future.

Fortunately, a recent study has found optimistic news regarding the world's G20 countries. According to a Greenpeace Germany-commissioned study, renewable, more cost-efficient energy resources such as solar power or wind will become the cheapest form energy by 2030 in G20 countries.

"There can be no excuses anymore," Greenpeace Germany energy expert Tobias Austrup told PR Wire. "Climate protection increasingly makes economic sense across the G20 as renewable energy becomes cheaper than dirty coal and nuclear,”  

The top 20 world's most prominent contributors to the major economic landscape have managed to adapt to using energy sources beneficial to the Earth's atmosphere, and many environmental experts agree that this is a good time to make global climate preservation a top priority.

The United States a key players in how much they effect the environment, so it is imperative the governing entities take a more sustainable approach to creating policies.

"Trump’s energy policy is simply a bad deal," Austrup continued. "The US has excellent conditions for expanding its wind and solar energy capabilities and states like California, Texas or Iowa will not miss this chance."


The importance of climate change literacy


Climate change is a notoriously controversial issue across the globe. With the United States withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, many wonder how climate change will carry out.

Citizens in the U.S. will have to deal with climate change in their everyday lives. It is not a direct phenomenon for most people, but the potential it has to influence our health, economy, and society is steadily increasing, and becoming informed on the subject of climate change is the first step to making an actionable change.

Andrew Watson, author of the book The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World, recently spoke with BBC Future regarding the importance of climate change literacy in our nation. he notes how ““Everyone is going to need to understand [climate change] the same way you’d assume everyone in business needs to have some fluency in social media today, or that everyone would able to use a computer 20 years ago.” If these comparisons from Watson are accurate, then it is likely that the United States is lagging.

The best way to start making decisions to help reduce factors that cause climate change is committing to a more sustainable life. Click here to learn three easy steps even a couch potato can do to engage more with sustainable living practices.

Becoming a more climate change literate country is also a priority, so tell your friends and family about ways they can improve both their lives and our planet.