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Employment or Unemployment?

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We are all asked to save energy.This is one of the most important challenges of today.

The energy to be saved is technical energy, electricity and fuel. As important as it is
this is not the only energy which can be saved.
One important form of energy is biological energy. The energy of human beings.
People, as cold as it might sound, are to be regarded as renewable resources. But the implications are quiet positive.
People working are using their personal energy, hopefully, to the fullest. Unemployed people are wasting their
Inherent Energy. Instead of working and earning their keep honorably they sit idly at home.
This is not all.
The work which has be done by people in the past, is being done by machines today.
Machines for which the raw material must be extracted, transported, processed, manufactured and
then it has again being transported to the consumers. There the machines are run and at the end of their life time
they must be brought to the junk yard. The whole line from raw material to the junk yard is one long line which demands
lots of energy. In addition to this the damage to nature must be taken into account.
All the while people are sitting idly at home and are wasting their energy and creativity.
The other point is that, at least in the so called developed countries, the unemployed are being supported by the state.
And this is good so! But only to a certain point. After this point people have to be put to work again.
The money saved can be put for Renaturation* and social projects!
Since the state seems to be incapable of eliminating unemployment the people, employed and unemployed alike, should
rely on Self-Help and create their own jobs.
This is what Nesseq means with Social Security! Jobs are Human Security.
The approaching ecological era offer lots of possibilities.
One way could be to establish Loan Guaranty Funds and Co-operatives and Communal Co-operatives.
Other ideas are also possible and if you, dear visitor have some, please let us all know!

*The term Renaturation is borrowed from German and means something like Reforestation but not limited to forests.

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  1. Mr. Steiner

    Millions of new jobs are among the many silver, if not indeed gold-plated linings on the cloud of climate change, Talk of environmental sustainability and climate change often emphasizes the costs, but downplays the significant employment opportunities from the transition to a global economy that is not only resource efficient and without the huge emissions of greenhouse gases, but one that also restores environmental and social values.

  2. John D.

    I am from Australia, and Climate change will damage many industries in Australia which jeopardises hundreds of thousands of jobs, particularly in those sectors most vulnerable to climate change such as tourism and agriculture.

    Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reports that the majority of Australians are employed in the manufacturing (13%) and retail trade (14.6%) sectors, closely followed by property and business services (11.3%). Availability and cost of goods and services will be affected by climate change, with potential indirect impacts on employment levels in these sectors.

  3. Julia Batik

    Thank you Mr. Max for your article, i think its very important, we have to spread awareness of the changes that can be expected and the new skills that will be required in the medium term to meet the needs of adjusting to a low-carbon economy, and also provide a platform for employers and trade unions to learn from other organisations that have internalised this challenge and taken positive measures to anticipate change.

    We need disseminate information on practices that have been used to embrace change and come up with innovative solutions, notably using new technology and engage a wide audience throughout the countries and to take stock of their prevalent expectations and concerns about the low-carbon economy and jobs and their reasons for resisting or embracing climate change issues as a business driver.

  4. Andrea Shenay

    There is a big Impact of Climate Change on Employment, There are many opportunities – for example through the early adoption of innovative new technology – to place European companies ahead of global competitors that are slower to anticipate change. Conversely, a failure to anticipate by European firms may lead to hasty, reactive and forced later adjustment, which could damage companies and, leave their employees inadequately prepared, or trained, for alternative employment.

  5. Sandra Sydney

    Hello Dear Author, Let me add few points here :

    Over the past 100 years, global mean temperatures have increased by 0.7°C, and in Europe by even more: about 1.0°C. the 1990s was the warmest decade for the past 150 years, with some of the hottest years ever recorded. If no action is taken and the trend continues, temperatures are likely to increase by anything from 1.4 to 5.8°C by 2100, with larger increases in Eastern and Southern Europe. In Mediterranean countries, summer rainfall could be 20-40% lower by 2080.

    There is, by now, a mass of evidence and a very broad consensus that this process is due to human activity, and principally the emission of greenhouse gases. These gases build up in the Earth’s atmosphere, trapping the sun’s heat.

  6. sveta

    Yucky, ugly hands.

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