Natural Resources Management
> “When we try to pick out anything by itself we
find it hitches to everything in the universe.”
Perhaps the most obvious green employment is a job that puts you in the front lines, so to speak. Without question there has been progress in cleaning up, restoring, and protecting the environment, but populations continue to grow, and resources continue to be used and discarded. Hardly a day goes by without television news, online reports, radio broadcasts, and newspaper and journal articles announcing the ongoing perils to our planet. Air and water pollution, climate change, habitat destruction, species extinction, wetlands eradication—all of these, and more, are very real concerns that cry out for passionate, dedicated people working on solutions. Some estimates put the money spent worldwide on environmental protection at around $400 billion per year. That can fund a lot of jobs.
While this chapter has been divided into several areas for practical purposes, in reality, environmental concerns can’t be so neatly pigeonholed. Scientists make new discoveries every day about the interconnectedness of Earth’s living things and natural processes, from algae in Antarctica to sea birds in the Arctic, from El Niño events in the Pacific to the Gulf Stream in the North Atlantic, from greenhouse gases to hurricane frequency. Toxins that poison the air and foul the land and water end up in the food we eat and in our own bodies, too. Where once our concern may have been to merely use less, discard less, and pollute less, now we face the gargantuan task of not only stopping but reversing the damage, while at the same time turning a decidedly unsustainable way of life into