In a global context in which markets are being affected by both the credit crisis as a growing and serious recession, the birth of a new stimulus to revive the economy: the idea is to create green jobs for each country to re-energize.
The United Nations Secretary General has stated that the global economic crisis has become a job crisis. The employment rate of 2008 in Latin America will not stand in 2009 and the regional urban unemployment increase to a range between 8% and 8.3%, implying an increase of between 1 million urban unemployed and 1.7 million: would be between 17.3 and 18 million urban unemployed compared to an estimated 16.3 million this year.
This new Green Jobs Program, supported by EducAmericas, stems from the idea that the most pressing problems we face are interrelated. The commingled problems of climate change, economic growth and the environment suggest their own solution. Only sustainable development through global embrace of green growth, offers the world, both rich and poor, an enduring prospect of social welfare and long-term prosperity.
We know that the poorest of the world's poor are most vulnerable to climate change. They are also more vulnerable to shocks from the financial crisis. Again, a solution to poverty is also a solution to climate change: green growth. For the poor of the world, is a key to development.
Addressing climate change and reduce the link between economic growth and energy consumption based on fossil fuels requires changes that allow the generation of decent jobs, with ecological and energy efficiency.
The new environmental demands appear as a significant opportunity and a crucial factor for generating employment, encouraging the generation of green jobs in the region must be part of the hemispheric response to the global crisis. Indeed Peru through this program strives to lead this effort.
The Green Jobs Program scholarship, intended to incorporate the population unemployed and underemployed persons to training courses of short-term to obtain the required qualification for the productive apparatus of the environmental sector and improve their employability.
A major issue is that after receiving training in the respective programs, the graduate becomes part of a network of environmental specialists.
Green Jobs in La Rioja
A project of La Rioja promotes job creation in the sector of organic farming and good environmental practices through the funding of the Biodiversity Foundation and under the plan 'Empleaverde'. The total budget for the project is 193,513 euros Rioja.
Anne Lewis, director of the Biodiversity Foundation, an entity under the Ministry of Environment and Rural and Marine, has signed a collaboration agreement with the president of the Professional Association of Organic Agriculture Rioja, Jose Ramon Abad.
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The project developed by The Rioja is known as 'Increasing the contribution of the food industry in La Rioja to improving environmental conditions and sustainable consumption', and according to Abad, the program incorporates Empleaverde slogans for the purposes of “promoting employment and good environmental practices in the region."
Part of the budget of nearly 200,000 is earmarked for other projects related to the environment, such as environmental management, agriculture, or tourism. According to Abad, the new project is important because it is necessary to "promote the technological, economic and social conditions that allow the industry to combine its business development with protection of the environment." Thus, increasing the number of workers who apply sustainable techniques and secondly, improve the economic viability of organic products.
Sources: Empleaverde / Ecoalimenta
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