Donal McCarthy, Cambridge. My green job makes me proud. A survey of 1,000 people aged 18 to 34 found 50 percent wanted a job in the green economy. Half of young Britons say they want a job that helps protect the planet, according to a survey. Published to mark so-called Earth Overshoot Day on Saturday, a survey of 1,000 people aged 18 to 34 found 50 percent wanted a job in the green economy. Earth Overshoot Day marks the point at which humanity has used up all the resources the planet can provide for a year. Career This year, the date was pushed back by three weeks due to a reduction in carbon emissions and commercial forestry caused by the pandemic. It had previously been falling earlier and earlier – arriving in July for the first time in 2019. The Global Footprint Network calculates that humans currently use 60 percent more resources than can be renewed, needing the equivalent of 1.6 Earths. The survey of young people, commissioned by domestic and business energy supplier Good Energy, found 57% would prefer to work for a business that was environmentally sustainable. A further 58 percent thought climate breakdown was our next […]

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