New Zealand calls for thousands of new 'green' jobs in bold comeback plan

New Zealand calls for thousands of new ‘green’ jobs in bold comeback plan

“Rampant deforestation, uncontrolled expansion of agriculture, intensive farming, mining and infrastructure development, as well as the exploitation of wild species have created a ‘perfect storm’ for the spillover of diseases from wildlife to people.”

Now, the real question is how do we make things right in the world, while avoiding the mistakes that brought us here in the first place? At least one major political party thinks it has the answer.

This week, New Zealand’s Green Party unveiled an ambitious plan to get the country back to work and the gears of industry turning once again, in environmentally friendly fashion.

So what does a billion-dollar stimulus plan buy, according to New Zealand’s Green Party? For one thing — and likely at the top of everyone’s minds — the plan would create jobs. It promises to create employment for 7,000 people over the next three years, all in industries that have been pummeled by the pandemic. For New Zealand, that would be tourism. But the catch is these would be “green” jobs, with people working to help build and sustain the country’s chief tourism draw: nature.

The plan calls for plenty of building projects, only they would focus not just on reviving the economy, but also the environment.

The [Green] party, which is part of a ruling coalition, has yet to officially present it to the legislature. For now, it’s been adopted as Green Party policy.

As scientists noted in their statement this week, the world needs “transformative change” across the board. That includes fundamental, system-wide reorganization across technological, economic and social factors, including paradigms, goals and values, promoting social and environmental responsibilities across all sectors.

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