In a world where human activity is playing such an important role over nature, green jobs have become more than a mere occupation: they are a valuable mechanism to protect different localities and the planet from providing a more sustainable future to the citizenship.
We spend an average of a third of each day in the workplace. Therefore, choosing an area that motivates us is essential to face daily challenges and perform at your best.
It is becoming easier to argue that the current development model is based on a productivist, consumerist and polluting logic at rates that are unaffected by nature, in a world with limited resources. The maintenance of jobs every day is more linked to the fact that the activity of companies is sustainable, that is, that it does not damage the environment or entail risks to the health of the population, either as a result of external social pressure the legal obligation, the result of economic competition or as an imposition of the only way to save the environment.
All this can generate social tensions that it is necessary to understand well so that governments and institutions give an adequate social and labor response. The great challenges to be tackled now are how to activate this necessary environmental reconversion, how to make management socially fair and have broad participation and social support.
Moving towards greener businesses is not enough. It is necessary to ensure that jobs, in addition to being green, are decent in terms of wages, working conditions and workers' rights.
Let's analyze the issue of recycling plants for the issue of garbage ... What would happen if all the municipalities of the Province of Buenos Aires, just to study one of the 23 Argentine provinces, had built a recycling plant to obtain work from waste ?
A recycling plant could employ 16 people or more and if we multiply that amount by the number of municipalities, we could see that 2,160 people could be employed as heads of household. If we calculate that a typical family is made up of 3 or four people, we would be feeding them 6,480 or 8,640, human beings. Are these numbers not important considering only the issue of garbage and recycling in the Province of Buenos Aires?
In addition, recycling is important because it helps the environment of our town, region or country, because in recent years our planet has been polluting because of us, that we are not aware of the damage we are causing the planet by not recycling and dirtying.
Water is such a basic necessity that it is often called the source of life. When contaminated, it can transmit serious and dangerous diseases. In many countries, the population has limited access to safe water. As a result, at least 4 million children die every year in developing countries from waterborne diseases.
Wouldn't it be feasible to decontaminate gray water that flows into rivers, lakes or seas using artificial wetlands?
The importance and significance of artificial wetlands lies fundamentally in that they are a viable and sustainable alternative for the treatment of industrial, agricultural and domestic wastewater. Their implementation has a lower cost compared to conventional treatment systems, they are friendly to the landscape environment, they do not generate harmful by-products and they adapt to both climatic and urban conditions in Argentina.
Wetlands are vital to human survival. They are one of the most productive environments in the world, and are cradles of biological diversity and sources of water and primary productivity on which countless plant and animal species depend for their subsistence.
They are just questions that I ask myself out loud to analyze whether the ENVIRONMENT is important or not ... Since sustainable development is a process that can last because it does not cause the depletion of available resources and, therefore, its permanence does not affect to the generations to come. In other words, sustainable development allows meeting current needs without jeopardizing the satisfaction of future needs.
Cristián Frers - Senior Technician in Environmental Management and Senior Technician in Social Communication (Journalist).