OECD COP26 Virtual Pavilion

Saving the planet and finding work: The double anxiety of youth?

Nov 5, 2021 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


The transition to net zero emissions will mean that all aspects of our lives need to become more sustainable, including our jobs. Many young people are entering the workforce feeling a “double anxiety” – concern around the climate crisis and the pressure to find a quality job. However, it is young people who are going to bring forward the ideas, energy and innovation needed to make the green economy a reality, now and into the future. But for all the talk of “green jobs”, what are the career paths that will allow young people to meaningfully contribute to the climate fight? We invite panelists to discuss what skills young people need to make a positive environmental impact, how young people can navigate their dual anxieties on climate and career, and what role they might expect from employers in ensuring the transition is both sustainable and inclusive.

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