Color me cynical, but for a long time, I assumed that all the political blather about green jobs meant only one thing: They were fake. But according to this infographic by Column Five for solar-power company 1Bog, green jobs are very much real—and in fact might be one of the only places in this awful economy where a person can hope to get a decent manufacturing job.
Back when President Obama was elected in 2008 I wrote a blog post about "What's Next for the Green Economy". At the time we were in the midst of economic turmoil, and expectations ran sky high for what Obama would achieve, including action on climate change and the growth of the green economy, as well as turning around the entire economy. Now it's time for the sequel—Revenge of the Republicans.
More people are returning to the values of a conservative past where nothing went to waste and we spent within our means. I call this shift the "Conserver Economy", moving away from the consumer economy with its emphasis on spending and consumption. Their motivations are often about spending less money because they simply have less money to spend.
During the 2008 campaign season, voters heard a lot about green jobs that were going to help reverse slipping employment numbers while reducing American dependence on foreign oil. America, it was said, would lead the world in creating a green economy that would triply silence threats to our economy, security, and environment. So where are all these green jobs? They're coming, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis told the Associated Press Monday, but don't hold your breath.
Gathering industry leaders, financiers, and policy makers under one roof, Green South Africa will highlight not only the corporate advantages of going green, but the vast opportunities for humanity to create a better place. Acting as a forum for business leaders, experts, and government figures, the convention will provide an opportunity to assimilate technologies, swap some policy expertise, and more or less try to set the players in South Africa’s economy moving in the same direction toward an eco-conscious future.