Greenjobs: A Guide to Eco-Friendly Employment

By A. Bronwyn Llewellyn; James P. Hendrix et al. | Go to book overview

Chapter 3:
Who Wants a Green Job and Why

> You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
—Mahatma Gandhi

If you’re looking for a job—any job—you’ve no doubt scoured plenty of books and Web sites. If you’re looking for a job and picked up this book, perhaps something about the “green” in the title caught your eye.

There are many reasons you may be job hunting. You could be in college and deciding on your first career. You may be at a crossroads and ready to change careers. You may have been downsized, laid off, or your position outsourced overseas, and you would like work that won’t be obsolete, lost to attrition, or sent to workers in a foreign country in the near future. On Labor Day 2006, the Pew Research Center released the results of a social trends study that looked at how Americans feel about their jobs now compared to thirty years ago. About two-thirds of the respondents felt less job security and more stress, and nearly one-third thought someone overseas could do their job right now.

Perhaps you’re burned out or dissatisfied with your current job. A 2005 survey conducted by The Conference Board found that since 1995, overall job satisfaction decreased from 60 to 50 percent, and 25 percent of workers just showed up to collect a paycheck. In Greek mythology, the gods condemned Sisyphus to pushing an enormous boulder up a steep hill, only to have it roll back down. His fate was to repeat this frustrating, futile task into eternity. In an essay about the myth, Nobel Prize-winning writer Albert Camus decided that the struggle itself gave the task meaning and that Sisyphus was heroic and happy. From today’s perspective,

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Greenjobs: A Guide to Eco-Friendly Employment
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Acknowledgments iv
  • Part One 1
  • Chapter 1- It's a Greening World- How We Got Where We Are and Where We're Headed 3
  • Chapter 2- Green Goes Mainstream 17
  • Chapter 3- Who Wants a Green Job and Why 27
  • Chapter 4- What Green Means for Education and Training 39
  • Part Two 45
  • Chapter 5- Green Energy 47
  • Chapter 6- Green Transportation 95
  • Chapter 7- Green Building 113
  • Chapter 8- Green Organizations and Ngos 141
  • Chapter 9- Natural Resources Management 149
  • Chapter 10- Green Goods and Services 181
  • Bibliography 204
  • Appendix 212
  • Index 230
  • About the Authors 234
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