Green and Fair Trade on the Go: Jobs on the Go
The largest fair trade event of the year in North America is upon us; from May 4- 19, events will be held all over the US and Canada to promote fair trade awareness. Big names like Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Green Mountain Coffee, and Wholesome Sweetners are just some of the thousands of companies participating. The Fair Trade Resource Network, who is responsible for the event, is calling on consumers to “vote with their dollars” until all trade is fair; the festival calls on all people to make responsible choices for a better world. Between the World Fair Trade Day (May 11), Fair Trade USA’s sudden shift in criterion from entering companies, and a recent NYPost article, the fair trade and eco- friendly markets are sure to be highly publicized, booming markets this summer.
Is it just me, or are there a lot of misconceptions about conscious living (for instance, everyone who eats organically is a “hippie”)? A few days ago I was walking through my apartment complex when I heard my neighbor calling my name. She invited me to come over and meet some of her friends. She had a few friends over, and one person, let’s call him John, asked me where I work. I responded that I blog for an online wellness retailer of organic, fair trade, and eco- friendly products to which he responded, “OH.. you’re a ‘green person’”. I responded “I sure am!”. And you know what, the green industry is growing and growing!
The green industry is on the go
The more that the green industry grows, the more room there is for green jobs to blossom. There are several websites already designed to aid people in search of green careers. What jobs are most on the rise? Green entrepreneurial businesses, solar installation worker, environmental engineer, ecological educator, and fashion design according to multiple professional networks.
Sustainable energy is perhaps the most notably growing sector of the green movement. Windmill farms have begun emerging all over the world. In fact, the US recently announced that windmills may be substantial sources to satisfy the nations demand for energy. Furthermore, the solar energy industry grew 16% in just the last year, and is a rising trend in family households. The installation of solar panels in homes creates jobs.
Take SDSU’s new Sustainability major for example. The program, which was implemented last fall, is the product of both student and faculty efforts. For years as a student there I wished this major would emerge, and finally, it has (just a little too late for me). Students entering the major are required to take an assortment of classes including natural and social sciences. The green movement is growing so fast, colleges are creating majors for it!
Not only have environment- friendly businesses ventures had a spike in popularity in recent years, the green industry at large has been booming! Whether it be due to the demand for more jobs or heightened awareness, the green industry is the place to be in 2013.