Fighting these important problems is going to take not months or years, but decades of dedicated effort from a variety of professionals who care passionately about making a difference. But all too often what's not discussed is who, exactly, is going to help make the changes that are going to improve the future. From technicians who will install, repair, and service wind turbines to scientists who will study the effect of pesticide use in crops over time, the changes we want to see will require educated and dedicated people who are committed to quite literally saving the world.
Unfortunately, many people do not hold environmentally-based occupations with the same esteem as other professions. Moreover, there are many environmentally-based jobs that are not well known or well understood, limiting potential interest from students and young adults. Too often, students are actively discouraged from studying in agricultural, environmental, science based, or technical majors, possibly preventing many of these passionate future scientists, educators, farmers, entrepreneurs, or technicians from making a real difference for us all.
To get started learning more about green employment options, click here for The Ten Best Green Jobs for the Next Decade. Although it's not a comprehensive list of environmentally-based jobs, it's a place to start for inspiration. It also gives information on schooling choices and related careers for those who want to learn more.
Just remember, global changes won't happen overnight, and we all need to take the time now to encourage the young people who want to make positive, sustainable progress in the future.
Because believe it or not, by encouraging them today, you can help them save the world tomorrow.