Come Participate in India’s Largest Green Jobs Fair

 

Only a handful of architects and builders today know how to build sustainably. An even smaller number of entrepreneurs have been able to efficiently install and maintain decentralised solar energy to the rural areas.  We do not today have the capacity to do what we keep talking about doing for the environment. And there is a lot of talking! The good news is that there is a world of opportunity for India’s economy to engage with the growing ‘green economy’.

Transition to a Green Economy

However, its time to stop and think. If we believe that all new buildings should be low energy, our transport should run on clean energy, farming should use less water and chemicals, forests should be re-grown and our waste better recycled, then the next question is…Who will do all of this?

Green Jobs

When you think that there are over half a million villages in India, each requiring water, waste and energy management services, or that another 250 million Indians will require low energy housing in cities over the next 50 years, the scope is huge. This new Green Revolution will easily dwarf the much vaunted IT revolution in its capacity to create jobs and to have those benefits trickled down to all sectors of the economy.

With this backdrop, TCP India and The Sierra Club, with the help of many partner organisations, are spearheading a campaign to promote Green Jobs in India. As a first initiative, India’s Largest Green Jobs Fair will be held at the India Habitat Center from September 24-26, 2009.

The fair has the following three objectives:

  1. Make students and job seekers aware of the real and growing careers available in the sector
  2. Demonstrate to key employers in the country that some of the best students and employees are seeking careers in this space
  3. Make Vice-Chancellors, university leaders, and government officials aware of the potential of this sector and the urgent need to provide education that supports it

This is the first step in engaging a mass audience and mainstreaming the sustainability message such that individuals see personal benefit in engaging with the sector.  The fair is being held in conjunction with the Habitat Summit, which will discuss the growth of future sustainable cities.

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Aastha Kukreti
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Aastha Kukreti holds a Master’s degree in Environment Management and her areas of expertise range from waste management, pollution ecology, green audits, ecofeminism, environmental equity and social justice.

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3 thoughts on “Come Participate in India’s Largest Green Jobs Fair

  1. AN APPEAL FOR MOTHER EARTH!

    Dear All,
    Good Day!
    Through this network, I would like to appeal for the following. We all know about the havoc already been done by us towards environment. Here is a chance to do our bid today, on the Environment Day. May I request you not to drive your car 5th June unless you have medical reason for the same? If your workplace is far off, you may try to use a public transport system rather than your own car; if it is nearer, go for cycling or walking. By doing so we may register our contribution towards a low carbon economy and a cleaner environment.
    Kindly forward the request to all your acquaintances since contribution of
    everyone counts.
    I am sure you will feel good for doing something rather than only discussing on
    carbon emission.
    With best regards,
    Yours truly,
    Pradip Dey (A Feeler for Mother Earth)

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