[The Great Big Story]
Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video
- Being in a Bald Eagle nest is surreal
- Take your time
- I’m a Forest Canopy Ecologist
- A Wild Life Biologist
- I’m pretty sure I have the best job in the world
- Capture and work with chicks
- Get blood samples
- Environment contaminants
- The Bald Eagle’s food source
- To grab a hold of you
- A whole 360 degree view
- Nesting on the sea cliffs
- A host of different sea birds
- Our research, it may look invasive
- Our primary concern is the safety of these young birds that we are handling
- We go to great lengths to ensure that we don’t injure them
- The Bald Eagles are national birds
- Take in the view
- For that moment in time
Want to work in the ‘green economy’?
There are many reasons why we should all keep an eye on the ‘green economy’. You could be passionate about environmental issues or just interested in which jobs might emerge in the coming years. Whether you’re a committed green or not, one thing’s for sure, over the coming years we’re going to hear more and more about environmental issues. But why are they important? And how will they affect your working life? We try to answer some of your questions below.
Why do we need a green economy?
There’s been lots of research into the effect that human activity is having on our planet. This includes:
- industries that use a lot of fossil fuels like coal and produce a lot of greenhouse gas emissions, which can bring about climate change
- continuing to extract and rely heavily on fuel sources that will eventually dry up – oil and coal, for example
- upsetting the natural balance of our ecosystem by destroying places where plants and animals live
- using up more fuel than we need to in activities like transporting food from one side of the world to the other.
Which jobs will grow and which skills will be in demand?
Here are some of the job opportunities that are predicted to come from the move towards a green economy.
Renewable & Sustainable Energy
The drive to find new ways of creating energy from resources that will not run out could create jobs for people involved in wind energy, solar power, fuel cells, biofuels, wave power, hydro power, geothermal energy.
As our natural fuel sources (such as oil) will eventually run out, we will need to make sure we don’t waste any of the energy they produce. This could mean jobs for people involved in energy-efficient lighting, voltage optimisation, energy management, low power electronic equipment, and insulation.
Every product we make, from a yoghurt carton to a wooden chair, takes resources and energy to produce it. So we need to make sure the production methods are efficient and that the product gets used again if possible. This could create jobs for people involved in recycling materials, less energy-intensive manufacturing methods, reducing packaging, sustainable agriculture, low-carbon materials.
But it’s not just jobs that are directly related to energy efficiency, renewable energy and cutting down on waste that will be in demand in the green economy. There are many existing jobs that will be needed in the green economy, such as PR officer, community liaison and jobs in administration or information technology.
[National Careers Service UK]
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