By Chris Hopkins - Green Economy Coalition – June, 2016
Europe is in the midst of an employment crisis. Many, and especially the most vulnerable people in our societies, are finding it extremely difficult to find jobs. The green sector, meanwhile, is among Europe’s most promising in terms of economic development. It has continued to grow despite the financial crisis and is expected to generate 20 million new jobs by 2020.
By Guest author - Hanna Thomas - Green Jobs Alliance – February, 2012
Last year, OECD analysis of the labour market emphasised that 'persistently high unemployment could eventually result in discouragement and permanent withdrawal from the labour force, especially among younger and less skilled workers. In at least 10 countries (e.g. the United Kingdom) the share of long-term unemployment has risen significantly … pointing to a significant risk'. (OECD, April 2011)
A good transition to a green economy doesn't only mean that the transition needs to be effective and reasonably fast. It also means it is carried out as fairly as possible, and that means protecting the positions of those, who are used to being on the receiving end of change rather than helping create it.
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