All too often, conversations about climate change focus solely on the threats to our planet. But protecting and repairing the environment is not just good news for our world, it is also good news for the American worker.
As the world shifts toward a green economy, it is vital that today’s workers and job seekers are prepared with the skills they need to be a part of a green, resilient, and inclusive workforce that can succeed in a changing climate.
So, what should an inclusive green economy look like and how we can get there? And what does a green job look like today and tomorrow?
These are the questions we explore in Climate and Careers, our new multimedia digital magazine from Jobs for the Future (JFF), Ares Charitable Foundation (Ares Foundation), World Resources Institute (WRI), and WorkingNation.
Climate-Resilient Employees for a Sustainable Tomorrow
At the heart of our storytelling is the work being undertaken through the Climate-Resilient Employees for a Sustainable Tomorrow (CREST) initiative. CREST is a career preparation and reskilling initiative of the Ares Foundation that aims to help close the gap between the demand for a skilled workforce for green jobs and the number of people prepared for these opportunities.
Working in partnership with JFF and WRI – through research, job training, identification of regional solutions, and support for climate innovators and entrepreneurs – CREST’s mission is to prepare an inclusive and skilled green workforce and to design and deliver scalable solutions in the United States and India.
The initiative is expected to train and place at least 25,000 individuals in clean energy jobs, while further raising awareness of climate-resilient careers among 100,000 individuals.
Explore Our Magazine
As in any industry, all people benefit from equitable access to knowledge, resources, and opportunities so that they can achieve their full potential.
Through articles, interviews, and videos, Climate and Careers outlines what we believe are some of the barriers to making the green workforce more inclusive of all communities, particularly those that have been shut out of previous opportunities.
We share examples of regional programs that are already making a difference by providing the training needed to get workers and job seekers on the pathway to well-paying careers in the green economy.
WorkingNation takes you around the country to see how local leaders are bringing together employers and educators to build out the curriculum to reskill and upskill the existing workforce.
The magazine also takes you across the world to India, for a closer look at how major companies are connecting to micro, small, and midsize enterprises – known as MSMEs – to ensure that these smaller businesses can withstand climate-related changes and drive global supply chain equity while reducing climate impacts and mitigating worker displacement.
Dig into the magazine and meet some of the entrepreneurs that are at the forefront of crafting those solutions – in the U.S. and India – while creating family-sustaining jobs
An Equitable and Just Transition
First and foremost, Climate and Careers and the CREST initiative are about workers – how to prepare them for the skills they need in a climate-resilient economy and how to ready them for the green workforce.
We’re telling stories around the pathways to a sustainable future in which every job, every learner, and every community is resilient in the face of climate change. It’s a vision of equality and justice, where no one is left behind.
On behalf of our partners in this new digital magazine, we invite you to be a part of the learning journey.