As Americans with environmental awareness brace themselves for the likelihood that climate change initiatives will suffer an alarming legislative setback under the Trump administration, writers have the opportunity to use their talents to create visualizations, through words and art, of what a green economy imagined from town to town across America might look like. President Obama made progress to advance green job development utilizing the support of environmental groups, investors, and scientists. However, there is much more work to be done. Generating excitement for green job initiatives is where the the media comes in.
What writers can do to push towards a green economy is first, appropriating the researcher’s hat, to read and read again those hard to get through green job reports, to, second, determine what types of green jobs have been proposed as feasible for wherever is the writer’s chosen community of interest. Obvious question to ask might be could locals fill the new jobs or would specialists be brought in? Is hiring at least a percentage of local residents put into legislation? What types of jobs are we talking about? Would training be required? Are the jobs going to stay in the area or be around only temporarily? Would the initiatives create a sustainable economy that would attract other types of businesses? What would the community be sacrificing to implement green industry and what would the community gain?
Benefits and costs of green job analysis won’t always be black and white. Green industry development in Area A might not result in more green jobs for locals, but it might lead to more tourism because trees are going to be planted and the rivers cleaned up. Yet for Area B the improved health and safety conditions for workers and residents is what should be analyzed. In Area C prevention of problems down the road might be what is needed, for instance, measures taken to guard an otherwise stable economy from sewage spills flooding homes and business.
Naturally, each town to town case study will result in an assortment of unique benefits and risks. To do a town to town interactive map right a massive volunteer service is required: artists and writers reading green job literature, talking to professionals in energy fields, or to politicians in support of green job legislation. The collective aim is to write articles, fiction stories, create posters, draw cartoons, whatever the artist genre, to imagine responsibly what implementation of green jobs would look like. Part of the fun will be infiltrating popular media through submissions to gain publicity, but creating blogs or Facebook pages would have an impact as well.
Those who believe in climate change tend to look down on those who don’t, and vice versa, but perhaps the most objective approach to this chasm in order to move the green economy forward is to accept that people don’t all process information the same way. For some people it is natural to interpret scientific explanation as evidence although the proof is not in front of them, whereas others might need concrete imaginative models to support the risk of a major industrial upheaval before they can get on board. A worthwhile strategy to win back voters who turned their backs on climate change may simply be embrace the next preparation stage even more determined than if we had country wide support. We can win over the general public once and for all with the devil’s details. Who better in society to forge a spirited confrontation with the Tedium Devil than America’s vast and diverse artistic community?
The goal of ProfitNonprofit.org is to provide useful resources to assist writers and artists to create fact-based articles that will, ideally, be published by the commercial media or via social media channels across America to present green job initiatives for public consumption on the local level. While ProfitNonprofit.org makes every effort to publish data from known reputable sources, this is meant to be an inspiration site to gain ideas for articles. Reference checking is encouraged. We are learning along with everyone else about green economy initiatives.